The Transport Ministry has approved the widening of the Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai Province expressway, with expansion from four lanes, to either to eight or 10 lanes.
The Transport Ministry plans focus on expanding the expressway between HCMC and Long Thanh in Dong Nai province during the 2021 ~ 2030 period. HCMC is Vietnam’s biggest city while Long Thanh is where a new international airport is being built.
The Transport Ministry said that it has commissioned the HCMC-based construction firm, Cuu Long CIPM to make a pre-feasibility report for the upgrade before the end of this year. The company has made initial estimates for widening a 24-kilometer section from four to eight lanes and estimated the costs at $425 million USD.
Dong Nai authorities note that the five-year-old expressway, which was designed for a capacity of 44,000 vehicles per day is already used by 52,000 ~ 55,000 automobiles, buses and truck each day and is severely congested during peak times.
With construction of the Long Thanh international airport scheduled to begin in May 2021, and a projected airport opening of 2025, Dong Nai authorities say that the expressway’s expansion is a critical infrastructure project that is important for national development. As well as Transportation Ministry approval, they are also planning to coordinate extensively with HCMC authorities to keep the project on time and on-track once construction begins.