Cement for the Phu My Bridge in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest metropolis is experiencing major road congestion as traffic growth outpaces infrastructure development. To deliver much needed relief, a new ring road comprising the impressive 705-meter-long Phu My Bridge has been built. LafargeHolcim was the exclusive supplier of cements for this project.

 

Ho Chi Minh City's traffic problems, already big, have become a serious threat to the economic growth of the Southeast Asian commercial center. Before the new Phu My Bridge was opened, all the heavy goods vehicle traffic heading north had two possibilities, neither of them satisfactory: the route through the city and its clogged roads, or a loop route far west of the city.

The new ring road, which connects the Mekong Delta Region in the south with central and northern Vietnam, allows for more convenient logistics and improves the traffic conditions in the city center significantly. As the ring road crosses the wide Saigon River to the south of Ho Chi Minh City, the 705 meter stay-cable bridge Phu My Bridge connects the two distant banks.

Such a project could be realized only by expert design and construction specialists, using best quality construction materials.

Ahead of schedule thanks to expert design and excellent know-how

LafargeHolcim, as the exclusive supplier of cements for this project, provided the following:

  • Ready Flow cement for the deck slabs and pylons, which offers good workability as well as high early concrete strength and durability. This ensures meeting the construction deadline and ensuring the bridge has an enhanced lifespan. Ready Flow also has limited alkali content, thus limiting the destructive alkali-aggregate reaction.
  • Mass Pour cement for the 4 massive pile caps, which reduces heat development. This avoids the risk of cracks that would endanger the bridge’s structural integrity.
  • A tailored solution, which includes delivery logistics to complete the project and its efficient execution. The technical support team followed the job site closely, from the initial mix-design through execution, to avoid issues or delays.

As a result, the Phu My Bridge was built in only 30 months, 4 months ahead of schedule.