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Expressway proposed to connect Nha Trang and Dalat

By Nguyen Tan

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HCMC – A plan has been proposed to construct an expressway linking Nha Trang and Dalat cities, aiming to reduce the travel time between these two major tourist destinations to around two hours, according to local media reports.

The government of Khanh Hoa Province said on May 28 that it had asked the Department of Transport to review a proposal from Son Hai Group regarding the investment in the Nha Trang-Dalat Expressway.

The proposed expressway would be developed through a public-private partnership (PPP) or build-operate-transfer (BOT) format. It is expected to span nearly 81 kilometers, feature four lanes, and have a design speed of 80-100 kilometers per hour. The construction is projected to take place from 2024 to 2028.

The expressway would start at the intersection with the North-South Expressway in Dien Khanh District, Khanh Hoa Province, and end at the Darahoa intersection in Ward 12, Dalat City, Lam Dong Province.

The total investment cost of the project is estimated at over VND25 trillion, with VND17.54 trillion from the State budget and VND7.5 trillion from the investor.

Once operational, the Nha Trang-Dalat Expressway would cut the travel time between Nha Trang and Dalat to 1.5-2 hours from the current 3.5-4 hours.

The expressway is anticipated to boost tourism development across the region and facilitate the transportation of goods from the Central Highlands to the South Central Coast seaports.

Currently, National Highway 27C is the only route linking Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa to Dalat. This highway features the winding and treacherous 29-kilometer-long Khanh Le Pass, which frequently experiences landslides during the rainy season.

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