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Bombing of the Cau Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi on 8/11/67 and the effect of the closing of the bridge on transportation in Hanoi
Date of Creation:
September 1, 1967
Date of Declassification:
August 14, 1995
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On 11 August the Long Bien Bridge connecting Hanoi and the Gia Lam area across the Red River was bombed. The bridge crosses an island in the Red River and about forty meters of the bridge surface between the island and Gia Lam was completely destroyed while another thirty meters of the surface was severely twisted. There are 13 sets of bridge piers between the island and Gia Lam side of the river and the piers are alternatively single, then double, then single, etc. Counting from the island side towards Gia Lam the two piers of the fourth line (or the second double set of piers) were destroyed by the bombing. One of the two piers was completely destroyed and the other is visible above the surface of the water but does not reach the bridge. As of 22 August there was no indication that the Vietnamese had made any effort to repair the bridge itself although workmen had replaced the power and electric lines crossing the bridge which had been destroyed when the bridge was bombed. Since 11 August traffic crossing the Red River at the bridge has been handled by two old ferry boats, each towing a barge-like boat.
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