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City asks ministry to rethink extending toll collection from old expressway

Le Anh
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City asks ministry to rethink extending toll collection from old expressway

Le Anh

HCMC – The HCMC government has requested the Transport Ministry to reconsider toll collection from the HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway for an additional period of eight years and two months, saying the expressway tollgate is close to another tollgate on National Highway 1A.

The ministry wants to extend the fee collection on the expressway to raise funds for building another expressway running from Trung Luong to My Thuan and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

According to a recent document sent to the Government Office, the city agrees with the ministry on the need to accelerate the construction of Trung Luong-My Thuan-Can Tho Expressway to reduce traffic congestion on National Highway 1 and promote socioeconomic development in the key southern economic region. 

The Trung Luong-My Thuan-Can Tho Expressway under the initial plan should be completed by the end of 2018, but despite two kick-offs, the project has not got off the ground over multiple delays.

As pointed out by the city, the toll station on the HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway is quite close to the An Suong-An Lac toll station on National Highway 1, which has a long toll collection duration.

The ministry has approved the adjusted feasibility study of the expressway section between Trung Luong and My Thuan, under which the section will have four lanes in phase one, instead of two lanes.

With an investment of nearly VND15 trillion in the first phase, the Trung Luong-My Thuan section is 51 kilometers long and has 4.5 kilometers of approach road. It will be connected with the HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway at Than Cuu Nghia intersection and end at an intersection with National Highway 30. 

Under the initial plan, the section was proposed to have two lanes in phase one and six lanes in phase two and use official development assistance (ODA) capital.

The Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway is part of the expressway connecting HCMC and Can Tho City. Of the three sections of this expressway, the 40-kilometer section from HCMC to Trung Luong has been put into use since February 2010.

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