Kizuna Bridge

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Kizuna bridge
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Coordinates Coordinates: 12°00′00″N 105°27′00″E / 12.00000°N 105.45000°E / 12.00000; 105.45000
Crosses Mekong River
Locale Kampong Cham district, Cambodia
Characteristics
Total length 1,500 m
Longest span 170 m
History
Opened 2001

The Kizuna bridge (Khmer: ស្ពានគីសូណា) is a bridge on the Mekong River in the town of Kampong Cham and in the district of Kampong Cham.

It was opened in 2001 and was the first bridge to be built over the Mekong river in Cambodia.[1] Construction of the bridge was funded by a $56 million grant from the Japanese government. At 1500 metres it was the longest bridge in Cambodia until the 1900 metre Thai-Cambodian bridge was built in Koh Kong in 2002.[2] The Kizuna bridge links eastern and western Cambodia by road for the first time. Construction of the bridge began in 1999 and took three years to complete. An estimated 10,000 people crowded the bridge for the opening ceremony.[3]

Before the Kizuna bridge was available, travel between the two sections of the country was difficult and slow.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Streeby, Richard (9 December 2001). "First Bridge over Mekong". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "First Mekong bridge opens in Cambodia". BBC News. 4 December 2001. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "First bridge over Mekong in Cambodia opens amid celebrations". Associated Press. 4 December 2001. Retrieved 30 January 2009.