New Mekong Delta highways to cut travel time to HCM City

15:45 | 06/04/2015

VGP – The most important segment of the Mekong Delta highway system, the My Thuan – Can Tho highway, will kick off by the end of the year.

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The highway in the delta will link the region with HCM City and the southern key economic region.

The project has been adjusted from four lanes and 27.5 meters wide at a cost of VND12 trillion (US$564 million) to two lanes and 13.75 meters wide at VND6 trillion (US$282 million).

The project is planned to be built in the fourth quarter this year and will be completed by 2018.

The Ministry of Transport’s No 7 Project Management Unit is also setting up a construction project for No 2 My Thuan bridge, which will allow travel on the Trung Luong – My Thuan highway.

The management unit plans to open the bridge in 2018, along with the Trung Luong – My Thuan highway.

It means that by 2018, along with the 51.5-km Trung Luong – My Thuan highway, which was built in February this year, My Thuan – Can Tho highway will help cut travel time from HCM City to Can Tho to 1 hour and 45 minutes instead of the current four hours.

In addition, in the fourth quarter, the 55-km Lo Te – Rach Soi (from Can Tho to Kien Giang) will start construction.

The Republic of Korea’s government has agreed to sponsor US$200 million for the project. Another US$94 million will be provided by the Vietnamese government.

In the first stage, two lanes will be built but later it will be expanded to a highway.

By 2017, the road will connect with Vam Cong bridge, which links Dong Thap and Can Tho provinces, and Cao Lanh bridge.

When completed, these projects will create the second key road system along with the current National Road No 1./VOV./.