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Cầu Phú Long (Phu Long Bridge)

Cầu Phú Long (Cũ) (Cầu Sắt)

Cầu Phú Long (Phu Long Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 29, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Hà Huy Giáp and 3 Tháng 2 Over Saigon River (Sông Sài Gòn)
Location
Ho Chi Minh City (Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh) (Sài Gòn) and Lái Thiêu: Ho Chi Minh City (Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh) (Sài Gòn) and Bình Dương Province (Tỉnh Bình Dương): Vietnam (Việt Nam)
Structure Type
Metal Cantilever Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 11 Panel Rivet-Connected Double-Intersection Warren Pony Truss,
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Société de construction de Levallois-Perret of Paris, France

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
200 Feet (60.96 Meters)
Structure Length
840 Feet (256.03 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 5 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge's future is at risk!

Cầu Phú Long crosses the Sai Gon River between Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong. This French bridge built in 1913 by Société de construction de Levallois-Perret. This bridge company was the new name given to Compagnie des établissements Eiffel when famous engineer Gustave Eiffel retired from the board of directors. Thus, bridges associated with this company are often called "Eiffel" bridges although Eiffel was not associated with any bridges built by the company after 1893. Cầu Phú Long includes a main span consisting of a three span continuous truss, where the ends of this three span system are cantilevered out beyond the end of the piers, a very unusual design. The cantilevered ends of the truss have bearing seats that hold the adjacent approach spans, which are riveted pony truss spans. The eastern pony truss span is a European riveted bowstring style span, while the western spans are a riveted double-intersection Warren pony truss design. The western spans, while old and of riveted design, are clearly not be original to the bridge. The piers for these spans are a newer concrete design as well.

Bridge lengths given are very rough estimates. The through truss span is approximately a 300 foot structure, with the span between the two piers that hold the span being 200 feet, making each cantilevered end about 50 feet.

This bridge is slated for demolition as soon as 2019.

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