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New bridge to connect China, DPRK next year


09:08, January 08, 2013

SHENYANG, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- A new bridge being built over a border river between China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is expected to open next year, local authorities have said.

Major construction on the Yalu River Bridge will be finished this year, according to Zhang Tiemin, director of the Transport Department of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

Construction on the 3.026 km-long bridge began in 2010, with an investment of 2.22-billion yuan (356 million U.S. dollars), Zhang said.

The bridge is being built by both countries and will have four two-way lanes upon completion, according to an agreement signed by both sides in February 2010.

"The cross-border bridge will help boost communication and economic cooperation between the two countries," said Lyu Chao, a researcher with the Liaoning Provincial Academy of Social Sciences.

A bridge that was built in 1937 currently stands as the only bridge connecting both sides. Trucks weighing more than 20 tonnes are not allowed on the one-way bridge, restricting trade between both sides.

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