HCMC – The Ministry of Transport has written to the Ministries of Planning-Investment and Finance proposing using over VND7 trillion to upgrade the three national highways of 53, 62 and 91B, which run across multiple provinces in the Mekong Delta region.
Of the total investment, the ministry proposed securing over VND5.7 trillion through World Bank loans and some VND1.4 trillion through Vietnam’s reciprocal capital. The highway repair and upgrade projects will be executed in four years from 2023 to 2026.
Under the proposal, the 40-kilometer section of National Highway 53, which links Long Ho District of Vinh Long Province and Cang Long District of Tra Vinh Province, will be upgraded and expanded to 11 meters. The project will require over VND1.8 trillion.
National Highway 62, which spans 76 kilometers in Long An Province, will be widened to 11 meters to allow vehicles to travel at a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour.
National Highway 91B or the Nam Song Hau road is 141 kilometers long and runs from Can Tho, Hau Giang and Soc Trang to Bac Lieu. Under the project, some six-meter-wide sections of the road will be widened to 11 meters.
The ministry proposed using some VND2.2 trillion to upgrade National Highway 62 and VND3.15 trillion for National Highway 91B, the local media reported.
The rehabilitation and upgrade of the three national highways will help ensure traffic safety, shorten the transportation time, meet the rising transport demand and promote local socioeconomic growth, according to the ministry.