Da Nang is one of Vietnam’s principal port cities. Located in the south-central region of the country, at the mouth of the Han River, Da Nang is an important commercial and educational center as well as a critical transportation hub.
The Da Nang People’s Committee (DNPC) sought to facilitate long-term development and strengthen regional access to and from the city. As such, they initiated a program to construct a new bridge across the Han River, linking the city with the nearby eastern seafront, the local airport and the route to the UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An.
Following an international design competition sponsored by the DNPC, The Louis Berger Group and Ammann & Whitney were selected by the Da Nang Municipal Engineering and Public Transportation Project Management Unit to prepare designs for the bridge, which today serves as both a tourist attraction and a boon for economic growth.
Opened in April 2013, the 666-meter-long, multi-arch structure — nicknamed the Dragon Bridge by the people of Da Nang for its resemblance to the revered mythical creature — features:
- Six 3.75-meter-wide vehicle lanes.
- Two 2.5-meter-wide sidewalks.
- 15,000 LED lights that illuminate the structure at night.
- The capability to “breathe” fire or water to mark special occasions.
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