Ground broken for 3 final packages of Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway

11-Nov-2017 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) on November 8 started work on three final packages of the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway project in the southern province of Dong Nai.

In package A5, the State-owned corporation will build a 3.45-kilometer section and two bridges, 702.6 meters by 24.5 meters, on the expressway. In package A6, VEC will construct a 16.5-kilometer section, a 620-metre overpass and a tollgate.

The investor will build a 5.3-kilometer section, two more bridges, 3.2 kilometers by 24.5 meters, an interchange on National Highway 51, and a tollgate in package A7.

Noise barriers, and traffic safety and lighting systems will be built along the highway as well.

Transport minister Nguyen Van The said at the groundbreaking ceremony that the ministry had mapped out a plan to develop around 8,000 kilometers of expressway nationwide.

Some expressways have been completed and many others are expected to be opened to traffic by 2020, he noted.

He stressed the importance of constructing an expressway connecting HCM City and its neighbouring provinces: Dong Nai and Binh Duong. When in place, the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway will facilitate transport between the Mekong Delta region and southeastern provinces, and reduce vehicle traffic passing through HCM City.

According to VEC, Ben Luc-Long Thanh has a total length of 57.7 kilometers, with 5.5 kilometers of it in Long An Province, around 25 kilometers in HCM City, and over 27 kilometers in Dong Nai Province.

The expressway is designed to have four lanes for vehicles to travel at a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour and two emergency lanes. It also has about 20 kilometers of bridge, including a 2.76-kilometer cable-stayed bridge called Binh Khanh, spanning the Soai Rap River in HCM City, and the 3.1-kilometer Phuoc Khanh bridge over the Long Tau River linking HCM City’s Can Gio District and Dong Nai Province’s Nhon Trach District.

In phase one, the expressway costs VND31.32 trillion (US$1.37 billion), including $636 million coming from the Asian Development Bank, around $635 million from the Japanese government, and the remainder from Vietnam.

The expressway, scheduled for completion in 2020, will form part of the southern economic corridor in the Greater Mekong Sub-region connecting Bangkok (Thailand), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Vietnam’s HCM City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.


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