Major changes in the area’s infrastructure include the expansion of Hanoi Highway, constructions of two bridges leading towards the East entrance to HCMC, and upgrades to parts the tunnel along Suoi Tien Theme Park. These transportation frameworks greatly facilitate traveling and transshipment between the southeastern and southwestern provinces and HCMC.
Besides completing the Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro line, the city will continue a series of infrastructure projects such as a frontage road to Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay expressway, and expansion of several routes such as Nguyen Duy Trinh and Nguyen Thi Dinh.
However, Hanoi Highway and the closure of Ring Road 2, two major projects that started more than a decade ago have not been completed.
The three sections of Ring Road 2 would cost about VND14,000 billion (about US$600 million), most of which would make use of the state budget, according to HCMC Department of Transportation.
Meanwhile, the intersection at HCMC’s National University which is part of the Hanoi Highway project has been completed and put into use in its entirety, said Director of Hanoi Highway Project Management Board, Nguyen Thanh Nam.
Ring Road 2 project was previously planned to be completed in 2018, but has been rescheduled to 2022. Many experts suggested that quality assurance agencies must implement construction and public services at the same time for the project to be completed on schedule.