Bãi Cháy Bridge
History and museums
The Bãi Cháy Bridge (Vietnamese: Cầu Bãi Cháy) is a cable-stayed bridge on Highway 18, connecting Hồng Gai with Bãi Cháy over the Cửa Lục Straits, separating Cửa Lục Bay with Hạ Long Bay, the territory of Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam.
This is the type of cable-stayed bridge which has two outer span, reinforced concrete box beams prestressed with the width of the world record pace for this type of bridge. The towers are located on the huge-sized pneumatic caisson foundation system, first applied in Vietnam with modern construction technologies. Bridge is constructed by balanced cantilever technology, at head height of 50m above the water level, bridge beams are reaching out to sea and ends when connecting two aligned, this construction technology to assure that vessels still can operate normally during the construction process.
The work was completed and opened to traffic on December 2, 2006. Bãi Cháy Bridge has been put to use to address the needs of the people of Quảng Ninh, tourists inside and outside Vietnam, and also to end decades of operation of the Bãi Cháy ferry.