Big bridges of the Mekong Delta

Cambodia's (semi) high-speed rail aspirations, Indonesia's new capital is set to begin housing project while the current capital builds a seawall, and Bangkok's new central station officially opens

Hello from Ho Chi Minh City, and happy new lunar year! It’s the year of the cat in Vietnam, and Tết is taken seriously here. Many businesses take up to a week off work so people can go back to their home town to be with their families. Construction sites are usually closed for a week, as a large portion of workers come from the provinces (especially from the Mekong Delta). I was thus surprised to see reports of projects continuing through the holiday.

One of those projects is the topic of this week’s article - the big bridges of the Mekong Delta. I have plotted the bridges on a map, which gives an overview completed and future bridges.

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A follow-up article mentions that the railway would be 160km/h, which is a semi-high-speed railway (like the Laos-China Railway). The government and media continue to use the phrase “high speed” incorrectly. To be fair, with the current railway averaging speeds of 30km/h, a 160km/h railway would seem high-speed.

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🇻🇳 Vietnam

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