Work to start on expressway linking HCMC to Southeast region

The construction of HCM City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway, linking the city to the Southeast region’s provinces, will start on October 3.

A junction of the HCMC - Long Thanh - Dau Giay expressway and National Highway No.1

The 55-kilometre highway will start at Luong Dinh Cua Street in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, and end at National Highway No. 1 near the Dau Giay T-junction in neighboring Dong Nai Province.

The expressway is expected to be completed in 2014, with hopes that it will help reduce the amount of traffic passing through the Hanoi Highway which has become overloaded.

The road will also connect National Highway No.51 to the Long Thanh international airport, yet to be built, in Dong Nai Province.

When the upgrade of the National Highway No.51, which started in August, is completed, the connection between the HCM City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway and the National Highway No.51 will reduce the distance of 120 kilometers from HCM City to Ba Ria – Vung Tau to 90 kilometers.

It is also a great significance in the development of the coastal port system in Cai Mep-Thi Vai, the biggest port complex in the country, including Thu Duc and District 9 in HCMC and Dong Nai’s Nhon Trach District.

The construction of HCM City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway includes two phases.
The first stage has four lanes and the second consists of eight lanes.

The highway includes Long Thanh Bridge with a width of 34 meters across the Dong Nai River.

The total capital of the first stage is VND9.89 trillion (US$550 million) and the second will cost VND18.88 trillion (nearly $1 billion).

By An Nhien – Translated by Anh Vu

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