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HCMC Beltway 3 project lags behind schedule

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Tan Van-Nhon Trach section of the HCMC Beltway 3 project is experiencing delays due to problems with land clearance and material sourcing, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Following a review led by Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan, the ministry issued directives highlighting concerns about Phase 1A of the project’s implementation and urging prompt action from investors and contractors to meet deadlines.

The assessment by the My Thuan Project Management Board showed that overall construction progress stands at 43%, 10.8 percentage points lower than the planned schedule. While Package CW1 has achieved nearly 64% of its targets, Package CW2 lags at just over 12%, mainly due to delays in land clearance and shortages of essential construction materials like sand.

To expedite the project, the ministry demands a comprehensive adjustment of construction schedules for Package CW1, emphasizing adherence to the April 30, 2025 completion deadline set by the prime minister. Measures must include allowances for contingencies such as weather disruptions and material supply issues.

For Package CW2, contractors are instructed to mobilize sufficient machinery and manpower immediately, focusing on areas where land clearance has been completed and ensuring a timely and legal supply of sand materials. Contractors must also prioritize addressing weak soil sections to minimize potential delays.

The My Thuan Project Management Board is urged to collaborate with Nhon Trach District authorities on land clearance and relocation of technical infrastructure to meet the March 31 deadline for land handover.

The eight-kilometer section of Beltway 3 from Tan Van to Nhon Trach passes through Dong Nai Province (over six kilometers) and HCMC (nearly two kilometers). Its starting point intersects with Road 25B in Nhon Trach, Dong Nai Province, while the endpoint connects with the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway.

Designed with a roadbed width ranging from 20.5 to 26 meters, the road comprises four lanes for motor vehicles and two lanes for mixed traffic, with a speed limit of 80 kilometers per hour.

The project needs VND6,955 billion, which is sourced from official development assistance (ODA) loans from South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund and reciprocal funding from Vietnam’s Government.

Construction work started in September 2022 and is scheduled for completion by September 2025.

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