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Expressway project faces sand shortage though completion deadline nears

By Nguyen Tan

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HCMC – The My Thuan-Can Tho Expressway project, slated for completion by December 31 this year, is facing a significant sand shortage.

Approximately 92,000 cubic meters of sand is still required to complete various elements of the project, particularly the collecting road systems and overpasses, while the main route of the expressway has been finished.

The Ministry of Transport estimated that the entire project requires 3.2 million cubic meters of sand. An Giang Province has already provided 756,000 cubic meters of sand, making a substantial contribution to the completion of the main route.

In mid-November, the Ministry of Transport held discussions with authorities from An Giang, Dong Thap, and Vinh Long provinces to explore additional sand supply options for the project.

During the meeting, the ministry urged An Giang to prioritize supplying 44,000 cubic meters of sand from the dredging of Vam Nao River’s currents. Initially intended for other projects, this sand allocation was requested to address the urgent needs of the My Thuan-Can Tho Expressway project.

The 23-kilometer My Thuan-Can Tho Expressway passes through Vinh Long and Dong Thap provinces and requires an investment of over VND4,800 billion.

The project’s first phase commenced in February 2021, with completion scheduled for December this year. Once operational, the southern expressway system will speed up travel time between HCMC and Can Tho City, connecting various components, including HCMC-Trung Luong, Trung Luong-My Thuan, My Thuan 2 Bridge, and My Thuan-Can Tho.

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