An additional section to the HCMC-Mekong Delta expressway will cut travel time from the city to the region’s capital to just two hours.
Work on the extended section, called the My Thuan-Can Tho Expressway, started Monday at Thuan An Commune in Binh Minh Town, Vinh Long Province.
Invested in by the Ministry of Transport and managed by the state-owned Cuu Long Corporation for Investment Development and Project Management of Infrastructure, the VND4.8 trillion ($207.33 million) section will run 23 km (14 miles) – 13 km in Vinh Long and the remaining 10 km in Dong Thap Province.
The section will end at the Cha Va Bridge that links with National Highway 1A, from where vehicles will only need to pass the Can Tho Bridge to get into Can Tho City, the heart of the Mekong Delta.
The My Thuan-Can Tho section, 32 meters wide, will have six lanes allowing a maximum speed of 100 kph. As planned, its first phase will open to traffic in 2023, with vehicles using four lanes at a maximum speed of 80 kph.
The final section will be connected with the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway, an extension of the HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway.