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PM sets deadlines for transport projects in south
By Trung Chánh
Monday,  Dec 17, 2018,12:10 (GMT+7)

PM sets deadlines for transport projects in south

By Trung Chánh

Vam Cong Bridge connecting Can Tho City and Dong Thap Province in a file photo - PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH

AN GIANG - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc set the deadlines for major transport projects in the Mekong Delta region while attending the investment promotion conference in An Giang Province over the weekend.

At the Trung Luong-My Thuan expressway project, the prime minister pledged to urge the Ministry of Transport for a solution to make sure the entire expressway, stretching over 50 kilometers, will be opened to traffic late next year and fully completed two years later, despite problems with interest rates. The Ministry of Finance will also coordinate with the Government on the issue, Phuc noted.

As for the My Thuan 2 bridge project, according to the prime minister, it will be kicked off at the end of next year for completion in 2023.

Besides this, the 24-kilometer My Thuan-Can Tho expressway is facing difficulties due to changes in the State’s participation in the project. However, the Government has assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Transport to allocate VND932 billion of the Government’s backup funds to ensure the project’s progress. After the capital is allocated, an investor will be picked through competitive bidding so that the project can start work next year and be completed in 2022, stated PM Phuc.

The prime minister also called for greater efforts to fix a crack in Vam Cong bridge as part of the Mekong Delta transport connectivity project and the completion of the remaining workload by next March. The project is expected to be put into use next June.

Cao Lanh Bridge and the road linking Cao Lanh with Vam Cong bridge, which are part of the same connectivity project, were put into operation earlier this year.

According to PM Phuc, the bypass project in Long Xuyen City has been added to the list of medium-term public investments in the 2016-2020 period, using capital from the Asian Development Bank. The Ministry of Transport has approved the project, which will begin construction in 2020 and be completed in 2022.

Construction of the 51-kilometer Lo Te-Rach Soi Road is underway and set for completion in early 2020. “The Mekong Delta transport connectivity project and Lo Te-Rach Soi Road, once completed, will form an 84-kilometer route with four lanes connecting Dong Thap and Kien Giang provinces,” remarked the government leader.

The Ministry of Transport is also carrying out investment procedures for four projects, using capital from the 2016-2020 medium-term public investment fund, with a combined investment of VND15 trillion already approved by the National Assembly. The four projects are upgrades of National Highway 57 in Ben Tre, National Highway 53 in Tra Vinh, National Highway 30 in Dong Thap and Quan Lo-Phung Hiep Road.

A report on the 20-kilometer section of National Highway 1, stretching from Nga Bay in Hau Giang to Chau Thanh in Soc Trang, will be delivered to the National Assembly so that it can be allocated capital from the medium-term public investment fund. Once the National Assembly Standing Committee gives approval, the Ministry of Transport will start work, according to the prime minister.

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