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VND300 billion rest area proposed for Quy Nhon-Chi Thanh expressway

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Project Management Board 85 under the Ministry of Transport has proposed a VND300 billion plan to construct a rest area on Quy Nhon-Chi Thanh expressway.

The proposed rest area at Kilometer 41+500 in Xuan Lam Commune, Song Cau, Phu Yen Province will meet the huge demand for amenities along the expressway when it is in place.

Funding for the rest area will be sourced from investors, with an estimated VND5.6 billion to be spent on compensation, support and resettlement.

Construction is projected to last 15 months, with public infrastructure works planned for completion within nine months. This project is part of a larger plan for the eastern section of the North-South expressway, encompassing a total of 36 rest areas.

Regarding the 24 rest areas managed by the Ministry of Transport, 10 are planned for the 2017-2020 phase, and 11 others for the 2021-2025 phase. Efforts are underway to finalize locations and documentation for the remaining three rest areas.

The project management board is in the process of selecting contractors for consultancy packages across 21 rest areas. For eight of these rest areas, which are part of the 2017-2020 phase of the North-South highway project, tenders were invited in March, with bidding scheduled to commence on May 20. Investor selection is expected to conclude by June 2024.

For the remaining 13 rest areas, including two from phase 1, the project management board is in the process of finalizing proposals for submission to the Ministry of Transport for approval in April. Approval and tender invitations are slated for May, with investor selection anticipated to wrap up by August 2024.

Upon contract awards, investors will prioritize the construction of parking lots, gas stations, and restrooms within two to three months to accommodate the needs of the public as the expressways become operational.

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