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US$390 million proposed for road upgrade in Mekong Delta

By Truc Dao

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HCMC – The Ministry of Transport has proposed a US$390.7-million budget for the upgrade of three national highways in the Mekong Delta.

The ministry is seeking approval from the Government for these traffic infrastructure upgrade projects, which include national highways 53, 62 and 91B.

One of the key projects is the renovation of a 69-km section of National Highway 62 in Long An Province, which will connect to the HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway. For National Highway 53, a 41-km section from Long Ho to Ba Si, covering Vinh Long and Tra Vinh provinces, will be upgraded.

The ministry has proposed renovating 141 km of National Highway 91B, passing through Can Tho, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, and Bac Lieu provinces.

The estimated cost of the project is over VND9,329 billion, equivalent to US$390.7 million, with a World Bank loan accounting for more than VND6,285 billion, or US$263.2 million. This funding will be allocated for construction costs, pre-tax equipment, supervision, and consultancy costs.

Work on these national highways could start between 2024 and 2027. Once completed, the project will improve road network connectivity among provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta, including Long An, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Can Tho, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, and Bac Lieu.

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