The Phu My Bridge is the first major privately-funded project of its kind in the country. It was designed and constructed by BBBH, a consortium of Germany's Bilfinger Berger Civil and the Australian company, Baulderstone Hornibrook. Their client was the Phu My Bridge Corporation, a private Vietnamese group with a 30-year license to operate the bridge. Drawing on their previous experience building large-scale cable-stayed bridges in Vietnam and around the world, BBBH was able to complete the project months ahead of schedule and within budget. Construction started in February 2007, and the bridge was opened to traffic in September 2009. The Phu My Bridge now stands as a new landmark in the city, one that connects Vietnam's present to its exciting future on the world stage.