HCMC – An interchange of National Highway 51 and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway will require an estimated VND1 trillion if it gets approved by the State Capital Management Committee.
The Vietnam Expressway Development Investment Corporation has written to the committee seeking approval for the investment.
The diamond interchange is designed to connect the overall system of southern highways, including the Bien Hoa-Vung Tau Expressway and the Long Thanh International Airport. The construction investment of the interchange will be divided into two phases.
The 57-kilometer Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway will run from the junction with the HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway and Beltway No. 3 to the Bien Hoa-Vung Tau Expressway. In the first phase, the intersection of the expressway and National Highway 51 will be built as work on the Bien Hoa-Vung Tau Expressway project has not started. The overpass in the interchange will be designed in the second phase to allow the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway to run through and connect to the Bien Hoa-Vung Tau Expressway.
The Vietnam Expressway Development Investment Corporation proposed building the National Highway 51 overpass with the same scale as the phase 1 project and two side streets connecting with the National Highway and the Bien Hoa-Vung Tau Expy.
The total investment is estimated at around VND1 trillion.
According to the plan, the construction of the interchange in the first phase of the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway project will start at the beginning of 2024 and be completed 18 months after the date of commencement.
The Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway is one of the major infrastructure projects. Once completed, it will facilitate inter-regional traffic in the west and southeast regions and HCMC with the Long Thanh International Airport through the Bien Hoa-Vung Tau Expressway.
Thus, the investment in the interchange of National Highway 51 and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway is necessary to meet infrastructure needs and ease the traffic load on National Highway 51 and HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway.