Seven major expressways totaling 1,000 km and costing VND150 trillion ($6.49 billion) are taking shape in the Mekong Delta, expected to improve connectivity in the region.
Mekong Delta is home to around 20 million people, or a fifth of the country’s population and known as Vietnam’s rice basket and aquaculture hub that supplies 90 percent of its annual grain exports. It is also the source of most of the nation’s seafood exports.
However, the region now has only HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway, opened to traffic in 2010 connecting HCMC and Mekong Delta provinces though it has experienced deterioration after a decade of use. To meet growing travel demand and economic development in the region, seven key expressways are being built to boost connection to the delta.