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Cầu Rạch Cát (Rach Cat Bridge)

Cầu Rạch Cát (Rach Cat Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 29, 2018

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Key Facts

Biên Hòa: Dong Nai Province (Tỉnh Đồng Nai): Vietnam (Việt Nam)
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Bowstring Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal 8 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1903 By Builder/Contractor: Société de construction de Levallois-Perret of Paris, France

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
136 Feet (41.5 Meters)
Structure Length
423 Feet (128.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.66 Meters)
2 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was originally constructed as a three span European style bowstring truss bridge. The center span is not original and is a replacement, likely the result of war damage, Although not original, the replacement span is still old enough to be riveted, although its design details are less complex, typical of younger truss spans.

The carries a railway in between the truss lines, with a cantilevered deck on the outside of each truss line. The cantilevered deck has the size and appearance of a sidewalk for pedestrian use. The east cantilevered deck has been closed to all traffic. However the west cantilevered deck remains open to one-way (southbound) motorbike traffic. There is barely enough room for a single motorbike to pass a pedestrian on this deck. The bridge originally carried a combination of highway traffic and railway traffic between truss lines.

Another bridge nearby, Cầu Ghềnh, was of similar design to this bridge, and it retained all original spans (four total on that bridge). However, the two spans of that bridge were destroyed in 2016 when a boat crashed into the pier. The bridge was completely replaced following this accident.

Above: Historical photo of bridge in its early years.

Above: Historical photo of bridge in its early years.

Above: Historical photo of bridge in its early years.


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