Nearly VND2.2 trillion needed to upgrade National Highway 1 section
The Saigon Times
|A section of National Highway 1 in Diem Hy Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province, has deteriorated. A project to upgrade the surface of a section from HCMC to Can Tho of National Highway 1 needs nearly VND2.2 trillion – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The Project Management Board No. 7 has proposed the Ministry of Transport upgrade the surface of a section from HCMC to Can Tho of National Highway 1 at an estimated cost of nearly VND2.2 trillion.
A representative of the board on April 12 said the section has seriously deteriorated, with cracks and subsidence appearing on its surface, and should be upgraded to ensure the transport of passengers and cargo on the route, which connects HCMC with Long An, Tien Giang, Vinh Long and Can Tho.
The Project Management Board No. 7 attributed the deterioration of the section to the heavy vehicular traffic, Tuoi Tre Online newspaper reported.
The upgrading project is expected to start next year and be completed in 2024. The section to be upgraded has a length of 71.38 kilometers, of which 5.8 kilometers of the road is in Long An, 21.08 kilometers in Tien Giang, 30.08 kilometers in Vinh Long and 14.4 kilometers in Can Tho.
In addition, bypasses and parallel roads with a total length of 25.22 kilometers will be upgraded.
The Project Management Board No. 7 also proposed expanding six bridges along National Highway 1, comprising Nhi My, Cai Lay, Phu Nhuan, Ba Dac, An Cu and Thong Luu. At present, these bridges are narrow, resulting in traffic congestion.
The section surface upgrading project will contribute to completing the road traffic system which had been approved by the then prime minister. This route has a high traffic circulation volume and is one of the most important routes in the Mekong Delta.
According to the Project Management Board No. 7, in the Mekong Delta, Trung Luong-My Thuan and My Thuan-Can Tho expressways and the My Thuan 2 Bridge are being constructed. However, when these projects are completed, the role of National Highway 1 to the southwestern localities remains extremely important. It helps boost the region’s socioeconomic development and ensure national defense.