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Work starts on project to expand road connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta

Work starts on project to expand road connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta

Wednesday, December 28, 2022, 17:00 GMT+7
Work starts on project to expand road connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta
Leaders of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, departments, and agencies press buttons to kick off the National Highway 50 section expansion project in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The Transportation Works Construction Investment Project Management Authority of Ho Chi Minh City (TCIP) and the municipal Department of Transport on Tuesday turned the first sod on a project to expand a section of National Highway 50 running from the city’s Binh Chanh District to neighboring Long An Province.

Nguyen Vinh Ninh, deputy director of the TCIP, said the project requires an estimated investment of nearly VND1.5 trillion (US$63.4 million), with VND1.25 trillion ($52.8 million) to be spent on construction.

The site clearance and resettlement work was separated into a subproject whose investor is the People’s Committee of Binh Chanh District.

The intersection of Nguyen Van Linh Avenue and National Highway 50. The National Highway 50 section expansion project approved by the municipal Department of Transport needs an estimated investment of nearly VND1.5 trillion ($63.4 million). The project, once completed, will help ease the traffic congestion at Ho Chi Minh City’s southern gateways. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The intersection of Nguyen Van Linh Avenue and National Highway 50. The National Highway 50 section expansion project approved by the municipal Department of Transport needs an estimated investment of nearly VND1.5 trillion. The project, once completed, will help ease the traffic congestion at Ho Chi Minh City’s southern gateways. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

National Highway 50 is some 88 kilometers long. It starts from District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, passes through Can Giuoc District, Long An Province, and ends in Tien Giang Province, news site The Saigon Times reported.

The road section to be expanded has a length of 6.92 kilometers, starting from an intersection with Nguyen Van Linh Avenue in Ho Chi Minh City and ending at the city’s border with Long An Province.

In particular, it will be widened to 34 meters from the current eight meters to have six lanes instead of four lanes.

Of the total, a 4.36-kilometer section from the intersection with Nguyen Van Linh Avenue to an intersection with the current National Highway 50 will be built. Meanwhile, the remaining 2.56-kilometer stretch will be expanded.

The project includes a package to build the 40-meter-long Ba Lon Bridge. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The project includes a package to build the 40-meter-long Ba Lon Bridge. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

In addition, in the framework of the project, Ba Lon Bridge which is 40 meters long and 34 meters wide will be built and an existing bridge will be upgraded, according to Phap Luat (Law) newspaper.

TCIP deputy director Ninh said that the National Highway 50 section expansion project, once completed, will increase the capacity of the road and connect Ho Chi Minh City with Long An Province and the Mekong Delta as a whole.

The project will also enhance the connection of Ho Chi Minh City’s southern gateways to the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway and the Ring Road No. 3 in the coming time.

Furthermore, a traffic network with methodical urban planning will be developed to serve the city’s socioeconomic development.

The project will help reduce traffic jams and accidents and facilitate travel on National Highway 50. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The project will help reduce traffic jams and accidents and facilitate travel on National Highway 50. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

To date, the People’s Committee of Binh Chanh District has cleared 85 percent of the site for the project and expects to complete the job in the second quarter of next year.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Ho Chi Minh City vice-chairman Bui Xuan Cuong asked the People’s Committee of Binh Chanh District to continue completing the site clearance work.

The TCIP, the municipal Department of Transport, and other relevant agencies were assigned to ensure the quality and progress of the project to complete it by December 2024.

The Ba Lon Bridge area will be expanded and connected to a parallel road with National Highway 50. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Ba Lon Bridge area will be expanded and connected to a road parallel with National Highway 50. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Cuong required that the project be an example of site clearance, investment disbursement, and execution in 2023 and an efficient model of using state and local capital.

“When the project comes on stream, Ho Chi Minh City will be connected to many key traffic projects in surrounding areas, focusing on the travel to the Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex,” Cuong said.

He also thanked 729 households affected by the project for handing over their land lots to make room for it.

Garbage trucks travel frequently on the current National Highway 50, causing congestion and posing a high risk of traffic accidents over the past many years. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Garbage trucks travel frequently on the current National Highway 50, causing congestion and posing a high risk of traffic accidents over the past many years. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The project will start at the Hanh Phuc (Happiness) Apartment Building on Nguyen Van Linh Avenue in Binh Chanh District. From there, a road parallel with the National Highway 50 and stretching to the Ong Thin Bridge at the border between Ho Chi Minh City and Long An Province will be built. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The project will start at the Hanh Phuc (Happiness) Apartment Building on Nguyen Van Linh Avenue in Binh Chanh District. From there, a road parallel with National Highway 50 and stretching to the Ong Thin Bridge at the border between Ho Chi Minh City and Long An Province will be built. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

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The Transportation Works Construction Investment Project Management Authority of Ho Chi Minh City (TCIP) and the municipal Department of Transport on Tuesday turned the first sod on a project to expand a section of National Highway 50 running from the city’s Binh Chanh District to neighboring Long An Province.

Nguyen Vinh Ninh, deputy director of the TCIP, said the project requires an estimated investment of nearly VND1.5 trillion (US$63.4 million), with VND1.25 trillion ($52.8 million) to be spent on construction.

The site clearance and resettlement work was separated into a subproject whose investor is the People’s Committee of Binh Chanh District.

The intersection of Nguyen Van Linh Avenue and National Highway 50. The National Highway 50 section expansion project approved by the municipal Department of Transport needs an estimated investment of nearly VND1.5 trillion ($63.4 million). The project, once completed, will help ease the traffic congestion at Ho Chi Minh City’s southern gateways. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The intersection of Nguyen Van Linh Avenue and National Highway 50. The National Highway 50 section expansion project approved by the municipal Department of Transport needs an estimated investment of nearly VND1.5 trillion. The project, once completed, will help ease the traffic congestion at Ho Chi Minh City’s southern gateways. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

National Highway 50 is some 88 kilometers long. It starts from District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, passes through Can Giuoc District, Long An Province, and ends in Tien Giang Province, news site The Saigon Times reported.

The road section to be expanded has a length of 6.92 kilometers, starting from an intersection with Nguyen Van Linh Avenue in Ho Chi Minh City and ending at the city’s border with Long An Province.

In particular, it will be widened to 34 meters from the current eight meters to have six lanes instead of four lanes.

Of the total, a 4.36-kilometer section from the intersection with Nguyen Van Linh Avenue to an intersection with the current National Highway 50 will be built. Meanwhile, the remaining 2.56-kilometer stretch will be expanded.

The project includes a package to build the 40-meter-long Ba Lon Bridge. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The project includes a package to build the 40-meter-long Ba Lon Bridge. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

In addition, in the framework of the project, Ba Lon Bridge which is 40 meters long and 34 meters wide will be built and an existing bridge will be upgraded, according to Phap Luat (Law) newspaper.

TCIP deputy director Ninh said that the National Highway 50 section expansion project, once completed, will increase the capacity of the road and connect Ho Chi Minh City with Long An Province and the Mekong Delta as a whole.

The project will also enhance the connection of Ho Chi Minh City’s southern gateways to the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway and the Ring Road No. 3 in the coming time.

Furthermore, a traffic network with methodical urban planning will be developed to serve the city’s socioeconomic development.

The project will help reduce traffic jams and accidents and facilitate travel on National Highway 50. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The project will help reduce traffic jams and accidents and facilitate travel on National Highway 50. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

To date, the People’s Committee of Binh Chanh District has cleared 85 percent of the site for the project and expects to complete the job in the second quarter of next year.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Ho Chi Minh City vice-chairman Bui Xuan Cuong asked the People’s Committee of Binh Chanh District to continue completing the site clearance work.

The TCIP, the municipal Department of Transport, and other relevant agencies were assigned to ensure the quality and progress of the project to complete it by December 2024.

The Ba Lon Bridge area will be expanded and connected to a parallel road with National Highway 50. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Ba Lon Bridge area will be expanded and connected to a road parallel with National Highway 50. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Cuong required that the project be an example of site clearance, investment disbursement, and execution in 2023 and an efficient model of using state and local capital.

“When the project comes on stream, Ho Chi Minh City will be connected to many key traffic projects in surrounding areas, focusing on the travel to the Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex,” Cuong said.

He also thanked 729 households affected by the project for handing over their land lots to make room for it.

Garbage trucks travel frequently on the current National Highway 50, causing congestion and posing a high risk of traffic accidents over the past many years. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Garbage trucks travel frequently on the current National Highway 50, causing congestion and posing a high risk of traffic accidents over the past many years. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The project will start at the Hanh Phuc (Happiness) Apartment Building on Nguyen Van Linh Avenue in Binh Chanh District. From there, a road parallel with the National Highway 50 and stretching to the Ong Thin Bridge at the border between Ho Chi Minh City and Long An Province will be built. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The project will start at the Hanh Phuc (Happiness) Apartment Building on Nguyen Van Linh Avenue in Binh Chanh District. From there, a road parallel with National Highway 50 and stretching to the Ong Thin Bridge at the border between Ho Chi Minh City and Long An Province will be built. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

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