HCMC – The Ministry of Transport has proposed upgrading and improving three national highways, 53, 62 and 91B, in the Mekong Delta, with an estimated total investment cost of VND7,158 billion.
Of the cost, over VND5,600 billion will be sourced from World Bank loans, cited the Vietnam News Agency.
The project of upgrading National Highway 53 includes upgrading a section passing through Long Ho – Ba Si in Vinh Long and Tra Vinh provinces with a length of 46 kilometers and constructing a 23-kilometer bypass in Vung Liem District, Vinh Long Province. The project will need over VND1,850 billion, of which the reciprocal capital is VND580 billion.
Meanwhile, the project of improving 77 kilometers of National Highway 62 and building an 8-kilometer bypass passing through Tan Thanh Town, Tan Thanh District, Long An Province, will need an estimated VND2,250 billion, including a loan of VND1,545 billion and reciprocal capital of VND705 billion.
For the 142-kilometer National Highway 91B south of the Hau River, the total investment capital will be VND1,500 billion, of which over VND1,300 billion will be sourced from borrowing.
The above projects aim to shorten travel time, meet the transportation demand, ensure traffic safety and complete the regional road systems, helping to respond to climate change in the Mekong Delta.
Upon completion, a section of National Highway 53 passing through Long Ho – Ba Si will act as a horizontal axis connecting Vinh Long and Tra Vinh cities, while National Highway 62 in Long An will connect four vertical axes, including National Highway 1, HCMC – Trung Luong Expressway, National Highway N1, N2 and the provincial roads of 829, 831 and 837.
Upon completion, National Highway 91B, south of the Hau River, will connect National Highway 1 with National Highway 60, Can Tho, Soc Trang, Hau Giang and Bac Lieu provinces.
Work on the projects is scheduled to commence this year and last four years.