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Work on VND2.1-trillion road project in Mekong Delta begins

By Trung Chanh

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CAN THO – The Transport Ministry, in coordination with the authorities of An Giang Province and Can Tho City today, January 18, broke ground on a project to build a road connecting to National Highway 91 and a bypass in An Giang’s Long Xuyen City.

The 17.3-kilometer project will pass through Can Tho City and An Giang Province, both in the Mekong Delta. Under this project, the Transport Ministry as the investor will build a new road measuring over 15 kilometers in length and upgrade a two-kilometer section of National Highway 80.

This is the ministry’s first project to get off the ground in 2022, with total investment exceeding VND2.1 trillion (US$90.11 million), backed by loans offered by the Asian Development Bank and the reciprocal capital of the Vietnamese Government.

According to the ministry, the National Highway 91 section passing through Long Xuyen City has been overwhelmed by heavy traffic, thus affecting the daily activities of local residents. Therefore, the construction of the bypass is necessary to facilitate traffic on the highway.

Up to now, the My Thuan Project Management Board has signed a contract to implement the CW4C construction package. The construction procedures were carried out from January 1 and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

As for site clearance, An Giang and Can Tho have handed over 96% of the cleared land to the investor.

The project, once completed, is expected to increase the effectiveness of other projects currently under construction, such as Cao Lanh and Vam Cong bridges, a road project linking these two bridges, and the Lo Te-Rach Soi route. Further, it will reduce the travel time from Chau Doc City in An Giang to the Vam Cong Bridge to one hour.

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