HCMC — The Vietnam Directorate for Roads is seeking over VND5.6 trillion in funding for upgrading three roads in the Mekong Delta— National Highway 62 in Long An, National Highway 53 passing through Tra Vinh and Vinh Long, and Nam Song Hau road.
The directorate has submitted its proposal for the road repair and upgrade project to the Ministry of Transport for approval, news site VnExpress reported.
It said it will require over VND2.2 trillion to upgrade National Highway 62, over VND1.8 trillion for National Highway 53, and VND1.5 trillion for Nam Song Hau road.
The projects are expected to be executed in 2023–2026, it added. Of the total investment, the directorate is hoping to secure over VND3.7 trillion through World Bank loans and over VND1.8 trillion through Vietnam’s reciprocal capital.
National Highway 62, which spans 76 kilometers and extends from Tan An City to Binh Hiep border gate in Kien Tuong Town in Long An, was built two decades ago and has deteriorated significantly. Under the project, the road will be widened to 11 meters to allow vehicles to travel at a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. Also, existing bridges on the road will be rehabilitated and expanded, and new ones will be built.
The 39-kilometer National Highway 53 section, which links Long Ho District of Vinh Long to Cang Long District of Tra Vinh, will also be widened to 12 meters to allow a maximum travel speed of 80 kilometers per hour. The project’s investor will also upgrade a 21.6-kilometer section and build a 17.5-kilometer bypass, the directorate said.
The Nam Song Hau road is over 141 kilometers long and runs from Can Tho, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, to Bac Lieu. Under the project, one seven-kilometer section in Can Tho will be elevated on par with the project of expanding Quang Trung-Cai Cui streets. Another section running from Cai Cui Bridge to an intersection linking the Nam Song Hau road with the Bac Lieu-Vinh Chau provincial road will be reinforced with asphalt concrete layers.
The rehabilitation and upgrade of the roads is necessary to ensure traffic safety and promote local socioeconomic growth, according to the Vietnam Directorate for Roads.