Vietnam targets to build 5,000 km highways by 2030

In the next ten years, Vietnam sets a target to extend the total length of highway to 5,000 km from the current 1,200 km, said Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung.
December 25, 2020 | 14:19
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Addressing at the conference on implementing the 2021 plan of the Ministry of Transport on December 24, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung lauded the transport industry’s achievements in recent years including constructing highways, according to VNExpress.

In the 2011-2020 period, Vietnam completed about 1,074 km of expressways, bringing the total length of expressways in operation to 1,163 km.

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Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung speaks at the conference on implementing the 2021 plan of the Ministry of Transport on December 24. Photo: VNExpress

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said that in 2021, the transport sector will bear important missions. Apart from carrying out the 2021 plan, it must make preparation for investment for the next four years.

"In the 2016-2020 period, we plan to build more than 600 km of expressways, it takes two years to complete the investment preparation and there remain 3 years for land clearance and construction. In the next period, the investment preparation must be done right in the first year ", Dung said.

To reach the goal of having 5,000 km of highways by 2030, the transport sector needs a huge amount of capital; only the North-South expressway (running from Hanoi to Can Tho) requires 300,000 billion VND (more than US$10 billion). “The first and foremost task of the Transport Ministry is to perfect institutions and related laws, create a favorable legal corridor to effectively attract resources for investment and develop infrastructure system", Deputy PM stressed.

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Overpass on the expressway through Bach Ma National Park, Thua Thien Hue. Photo: Vo Thanh/ VNExpress

As for expressway projects under construction, Deputy PM asked the Ministry of Transport to coordinate with the Ministry of Planning and Investment to speed up the progress, soon put them into operation to serve the people and economic development.

According to the report of Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho, in the past period, the Northern region finished investment in highways heading to Hanoi and the coastal expressway linking Hai Phong - Ha Long - Van Don. The Southern region completed two highways of Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay and Ho Chi Minh City - Trung Luong. Currently, two routes of Ben Luc - Long Thanh and Trung Luong - My Thuan are under deployment. In the Central and Central Highlands regions, the Ministry of Transport also completed two highways of Da Nang - Quang Ngai and Lien Khuong - Da Lat.

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Hanoi- Hai Phong Expressway. Photo: Dan Tri

The Ministry establishes the target of completing the public investment plan 2021 with an estimated disbursement of more than 46,000 billion VND (nearly US$2 billion). In particular, the Ministry will focus on accelerating the construction of important projects such as the North-South expressway, the Ben Luc - Long Thanh expressway; My Thuan - Can Tho expressway phase one; projects connecting traffic in the Central Highlands, northern mountainous provinces, etc.

In addition, the Ministry will also soon launch the urban railways in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as to conduct the phase one construction of Long Thanh international airport in the Southern Dong Nai province.

“The building of urban railway systems also requires a large amount of capital up to 70-80 billion USD. Therefore, the Ministry of Transport and localities need to call for investment, helping businesses solve matters on procedures," Dung added.

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