HẢI PHÒNG — The northern port city of Hải Phòng commenced construction on Lại Xuân Bridge, connecting it with Quảng Ninh Province across Đá Bạch River, with a ceremony on February 2. The VNĐ1.33 trillion (US$56.9 million ) project also includes the upgrade and expansion of a 14km-long provincial road linking Hải Phòng's Thuỷ Nguyên District and Quảng Ninh’s Đông Triều Town. The project is part of a cooperation programme on comprehensive development that the two localities signed in 2009. Lại Xuân Bridge will be 840m long and 12m wide while provincial road 352 will have its width expanded to 12m to match the bridge. According to Hải Phòng officials, Lại Xuân Bridge and the upgraded road will enhance transport connectivity between Hải Phòng and Quảng Ninh and promote local socio-economic development.