HCMC – The prime minister has approved the National Highway 50B project linking HCMC and the Mekong Delta provinces of Long An and Tien Giang at an estimated investment of VND18.6 trillion.
Director of the Long an Department of Transport Dang Hoang Tuan said the project was included in the road traffic system planning for the 2021-2030 period with a vision to 2050, the local media reported.
The road, which will be 55 kilometers long and 78 meters wide, will start at an intersection with Pham Hung Street in HCMC and end at the Trung Luong T-junction in Tien Giang Province. The section in Long An, Tien Giang and HCMC will be over 35, 14 and 5.8 kilometers long, respectively.
Of the total investment, more than VND13.8 trillion will be used for site clearance.
The section in Long An will pass through the Can Giuoc, Can Duoc, Chau Thanh and Tan Tru districts and include three bridges—Can Giuoc, Vam Co Dong and Vam Co Tay.
The National Highway 50B, when completed, will connect with Ring Road Nos. 3 and 4 in HCMC to intensify the connection with international gateways, such as Hiep Phuoc Port, Thi Vai-Cai Mep deep-water seaport and Long An Port and the Long Thanh International Airport.
The project will also help accelerate urbanization, attract investors and develop residential, trade and service areas and industrial parks along the road.
Besides National Highway 1, HCMC and the Mekong Delta are being connected through National Highway 50, which is narrow and overloaded.
A seven-kilometer section of the national highway has been proposed to be expanded with a required investment of nearly VND1.5 trillion.