HCMC – Even though it was opened to traffic 40 days ago, the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway has seen a vehicular traffic count almost reaching the level forecast for 2025, according to the investor of the road.
Some 800,000 vehicles have used the expressway since April 30, or around 23,000 vehicles per day, Tuoi Tre Online newspaper quoted Trung Luong-My Thuan BOT JSC.
The consultant of the project forecast that the expressway would receive 25,000 vehicles per day by 2025.
Nguyen Quang Huy, general director of Deo Ca Traffic Infrastructure Investment JSC, said the project was planned 13 years ago.
With strong economic growth, vehicular traffic to the Mekong Delta has been surging, so the current expressways connecting HCMC and the delta would not be able to meet the traffic demand.
Therefore, the second phase of the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway project should be executed as soon as possible to connect with other expressways in the region, such as Chau Doc-Can Tho-Soc Trang and Can Tho-Ca Mau.
In the first phase, the expressway has no emergency lane, but 11 emergency stops. However, each emergency stop is only two meters wide, making it tough to clear out vehicles that meet with accidents.