Construction of a Japanese-funded pedestrian walkway across a busy street in Da Nang City, Vietnam, began over the weekend.
The pedestrian overpass, valued at USD 1.78 million, is being funded by Japan and constructed by Mikazuki Hotel Group, according to Da Nang Today.
The 140-meter pedestrian bridge will connect the Da Nang Mikazuki entertainment complex with the beach across Nguyen Tat Thanh street in the central city of Da Nang.
Japanese Consul General in Da Nang, Yakabe Yoshinori, said the bridge would be a gift to Da Nang to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.
“The bridge will be a symbol of the two nations’ friendship,” he said.
Vice Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee Le Quang Nam said that Da Nang had achieved many positive socio-economic results last year. In particular, the city’s GRDP in 2022 rose by 14.05% compared to 2021, ranking third in the country in terms of economic growth.
Japan is the city’s largest foreign investor, with 222 projects with a combined value of over USD 1 billion.
According to the developer, the paths leading to the Japanese-style overpass are shown as knots in the Japanese art of knitting strings, showing the strong bond in the two cultures of Vietnam and Japan.
The project is expected to be completed by May this year.