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VND154 trillion proposed for new cross-country expressway

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Transport is planning to develop a new North-South expressway in western Vietnam by 2030 with a total length of 911 kilometers and an estimated investment of VND154.21 trillion sourced from the State budget.

According to the road system planning for the 2021-2030 period with a vision to 2050, some sections of the expressway would be prioritized for construction, the local media reported.

The Doan Hung-Hoa Lac-Khe Co section passing through the northern provinces of Tuyen Quang and Phu Tho and Hanoi City will have a length of 152 kilometers and cost VND24.85 trillion.

Of them, the section from Tuyen Quang to Phu Tho will be 40 kilometers long, have four lanes and require an investment of VND5.83 trillion. Meanwhile, the 55-kilometer Phu Tho-Ba Vi (Hanoi) section and the 57-kilometer Ba Vi-Ben Market (Hoa Binh) section will have six lanes each and need VND9.9 trillion and VND9.12 trillion, respectively.

In addition, the six-lane Ngoc Hoi-Chon Thanh-Rach Gia section will be 759 kilometers long and require VND129.36 trillion. The section will include segments from Kon Tum Province’s Ngoc Hoi District to Gia Lai Province’s Pleiku City, from Pleiku to Daklak Province’s Buon Ma Thuot City, from Buon Ma Thuot to Dak Nong Province’s Gia Nghia City, from Gia Nghia to Binh Phuoc Province’s Chon Thanh District and from Chon Thanh to Long An Province’s Duc Hoa District.

They will be 90, 160, 105, 140 and 84 kilometers long and have an estimated investment of VND14.4 trillion, VND25.6 trillion, VND16.8 trillion, VND22.4 trillion and VND15.96 trillion, respectively.

Moreover, sections of the expressway passing through the Mekong Delta include the 33-kilometer Duc Hoa-Thanh Hoa and the 16-kilometer Thanh Hoa-Tan Thanh in Long An Province, the 25-kilometer Tan Thanh-My An (Dong Thap), the 26-kilometer My An-An Binh Intersection (Dong Thap), the 29-kilometer An Binh-Lo Te (Can Tho) and the 51-kilomter Lo Te-Rach Soi (Kien Giang). The investment in these sections is estimated at VND3 trillion  to VND9.69 trillion each.

After 2030, the western North-South expressway will be developed by an additional 284 kilometers, including the 62-kilometer Ben Market (Hoa Binh)-Thach Quang (Thanh Hoa) section, the 174-kilometer Thach Quang-Tan Ky (Nghe An) section, the 19-kilometer Tan Ky-Tri Le (Nghe An) section and the 40-kilometer Tri Le-Ro (Nghe An) section.

Under the road system planning in the 2021-2030 period approved by the prime minister, Vietnam will have more than 9,000 kilometers of expressways and nearly 29,800 kilometers of national highways.

In the 2021-2025 period, 1,800 kilometers of expressways are expected to be completed, raising the total length of expressways put into operation to some 3,000 kilometers. In the 2026-2030 period, some 2,000 kilometers of expressways are planned to be built.

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