HCMC Opens Backbone Expressway

A US$100 million, 17.8km expressway serving as a backbone linking up many major routes in Ho Chi Minh City has officially come into operation at a ceremony held yesterday, exactly 11 years after it broke ground.

Nguyen Van Linh Boulevard

Connecting district 7 and Binh Chanh district and hooking up many ports, export processing zones and the arterial National Highway 1A, Nguyen Van Linh Expressway is considered the largest and the most perfect highway in the city.

Attending the inauguration ceremony were Minister of Construction Nguyen Hong Quan, and chairman of the City People’s Committee [mayor] Le Hoang Quan.

On this occasion, state president Nguyen Minh Triet has decided to bestow the First Labor Order on Phu My Hung Joint Venture Company – the investor – and the Third Labor Order on Phu My Hung director Ms. Ba Dah Wen, on the Investment Management Board for HCMC’s Southern Region, and on the South Saigon Development Corp (Sadaco), which were all involved in this project.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has awarded certificates of merits to 14 individuals and 9 teams for contribution to the expressway.

The 10-lane, 120m wide Nguyen Van Linh boasts 10 bridges, 3 of which have reinforced concrete roofs built according to Swiss technology for the first time in Viet Nam.

The 3 bridges have no piers erected into the river bed to ensure easy waterway traffic.

By H.V – Translated by BH

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