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The newly completed Dragon River Bridge crosses the Han River in Da Nang

When Vietnamese officials looked into building a new bridge over the Han River in Da Nang they saw an opportunity to make an impression, and they did. Much like the San Francisco Bay Bridge, engineers and architects are using new technologies to make infrastructure more exciting and enjoyable. This new bridge, which officially opened March 29th, not only uses 15,000 color-changing LED lights to brighten it up at night, but also shoots flame.

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The fire-breathing dragon

The new 666 meter-long span (2,185 feet) cost 1.5 trillion dong (approximately $88 million), and is destined to become a symbol for the central-coast Vietnamese city. The arches created by the dragon’s body are structural elements of course, which goes to show that a six-lane highway bridge can become a real piece of artistry without insane engineering, just a little bit of imagination.

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The three structural arches, head, and tail of the new bridge

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