HCMC – The Mekong Delta province of Long An will expand 11 roads connecting to HCMC at an estimated cost of nearly VND30 trillion, or roughly US$1.25 billion.
The province will start work on these projects, which are expected to be completed by 2025, this quarter, news site VnExpress cited Nguyen Hoai Trung, deputy director of the Long An Department of Transport, as saying.
The projects include the 6.2-kilometer Luong Hoa-Binh Chanh Road, which starts at the bank of the Vam Co Dong River in Long An’s Ben Luc District and ends at the boundary of HCMC.
A 12.8-kilometer road from Huu Thanh Commune of Duc Hoa District to Tan Buu Commune of Ben Luc District will also be upgraded. The road consists of six lanes for motor vehicles and four mixed lanes, which are 102 meters wide.
The investment for these two projects will be sourced from enterprises.
In addition, the province will upgrade a 1.6-kilometer six-lane section of provincial road 826E in Can Giuoc District, a two-kilometer road connecting a road leading to the Rach Doi Bridge in Can Giuoc District and provincial road 826E, a 22-kilometer four-lane Duc Hoa Road, a 2.2-kilometer section of provincial road No. 824 from the My Hanh T-junction to the Kenh Ranh Bridge in Duc Hoa District and a 4.6-kilometer section of the Tan Lap-Long Hau Road in Can Giuoc District.
Moreover, an intersection of Hung Vuong Street and National Highway 62 in Tan An City will be upgraded.
Three other key projects are a ring road, which is over 23 kilometers long and 33 meters wide in Tan An City, provincial road 830E and a section of provincial road 827E from HCMC to the Vam Co Dong River.
According to Trung, 61.2% of the investment for the 11 projects, or VND18.3 trillion, will be sourced from the State budget and the remainder from the corporate sector.
These projects are expected to help Long An grow further and connect districts in the key economic zone with the Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai Province and HCMC, Trung said.
The provincial Department of Transport will continue proposing that the Government and the Ministry of Transport approve traffic infrastructure projects connecting regions at the earliest, such as building road N1 and expanding road N2, National Highway 50 and a coastal road linking the southern coastal provinces and HCMC.
The province also expects the State to work out plans to develop expressways near border areas and coastal expressways to improve the traffic systems connecting to HCMC in the province as well as in the other southern provinces.