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Cầu Bình Lợi (Binh Loi Bridge)

Cầu Bình Lợi (Binh Loi Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 29, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Saigon Railway) Over Saigon River (Sông Sài Gòn)
Ho Chi Minh City (Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh) (Sài Gòn): Ho Chi Minh City (Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh) (Sài Gòn): Vietnam (Việt Nam)
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Bowstring Pony Truss, Movable: Swing (Rim Bearing Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal Rivet-Connected Bowstring Through Truss,
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1902 By Builder/Contractor: Société de construction de Levallois-Perret of Paris, France

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
210 Feet (64 Meters)
Structure Length
910 Feet (277 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s) and 4 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge's future is at risk!

Cầu Bình Lợi crosses the Sai Gon River in Ho Chi Minh City. This bridge has a variety of spans, some of which are not original. From west to east, there is an original riveted bowstring pony truss span, a large, modern, bolted Warren through truss span, a riveted Warren through truss span that is old but not as old nor original to the bridge, an original riveted bowstring through truss span, an original riveted bowstring pony truss swing span, and an original riveted bowstring pony truss span. The original spans consist of a European style bowstring spans. The bridge was built in 1902 by Société de construction de Levallois-Perret. The bridge carried a combination of railway and highway traffic. As of 2018, a new bridge is being built next to this bridge and the bridge may be slated for demolition.

This bridge is an exceedingly rare example of a historic swing bridge in Vietnam. Although the swing span no longer opens for boats, it retains gears, rack and pinion, and rollers at the swing pier. The bridge carried railway traffic between the truss lines, with a cantilevered deck provided for motorbike traffic.

Note: Bridge lengths given are an estimate.

Above: Historical photo of bridge.


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