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The nine projects include:

Mai Son-Highway 45, with total length of 63.37 kilometers, capitalized at VND12.1 trillion, was opened to traffic in April, 2023. The new route helps shorten the time needed to travel from northern to central and southern provinces.

Vinh Hao – Phan Thiet, with total length of 100.8 kilometers, capitalized at VND10.853 trillion, kicked off in September 2020 and opened to traffic in May, 2023. The route connect the provinces of Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan with HCM City and key economic zones in the south.

Phan Thiet – Dau Giay has total length of 99 kilometers, including a road section through Binh Thuan (47.5 kilometers) and Dong Nai (51.5). The project is being developed in two phases, and when the two phases finish, it will have six lanes with the designed speed of 120 km/h.

The first phase started in September 2020 with investment capital of VND18.1 trillion. The date for technical traffic clearance was April 29, 2023. The route helps cut the time needed to travel from HCM City to coastal provinces in the central region and ease overload on Highway No1.

Highway 45 - Nghi Son, kicked off in July 2021, has total length of 43.28 kilometers and investment capital of VND5.5 trillion. After the first phase of the project is completed, the route will have four lanes and a maximum speed of 80 km/h. Once the project is completed, there will be six lanes and a speed of 100-120 km/h.

The route helps reduce the time needed to travel from Thanh Hoa to Nghe An from 3 to 1.5 hours, and from Nghe An to Hanoi from 5 to 3.5 hours.

Nghi Son – Dien Chau, 50 kilometers, started in July 2021 with capital of VND7.29 trillion. In the first phase, the highway will have four lanes and designed speed of 80km/h and once it is completed, there will be six lanes, with speed of 100-120 km/h. The route was put into operation in September, 2023.

Nha Trang – Cam Lam, 49.11 kilometers, connects with Van Phong – Nha Trang expressway.

The construction began in September 2021 with investment capital of VND7.6 trillion. It is developed under the mode of PPP (BOT contract). The work opened to traffic in May 2023, helping shorten the time to travel from HCMC to Nha Trang.

Tuyen Quang – Phu Tho highway links with Noi Bai – Lao Cai route. The four-lane route with total length of 40.2 kilometers, capitalized at VND3.712 trillion kicked off in February 2021 and was put into operation in December 2023.

My Thuan – Can Tho Phase 1 is a component project of the North-South eastern Expressway project. It is expected to have six lanes and designed speed of 100 km/h. It has been opened to traffic in December 2023.

My Thuan 2 Bridge and the road linking with the two ends of the bridge is a national key project and a special transport work with total investment capital of VND5 trillion, developed with the state budget.

It is located on HCM City - CanTho expressway, connecting two highway routes of Trung Luong – My Thuan and My Thuan – Can Tho, linking with Vinh Long and Tien Giang provinces. This is a backbone route with the largest traffic among the major highway routes in the region. The length of the entire route is 6.61 kilometers and it was put into operation in December 2023.

As such, in 2023 alone, Vietnam put into operation 475 kilometers of highways, which is considered an impressive record in the history of highway development in Vietnam.

Developing transport infrastructure in 2021-2025 has been defined by the Party and the state as one of three breakthroughs in socio-economic development and national defence and security strategy implementation.

The National Assembly and government have allocated huge resources to develop important transport infrastructure, especially highways. It is expected that Vietnam will have 3,000 kilometers of highways by 2025.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at a conference reviewing the task performance of the transport sector, praised the great achievements gained in 2023. Just within one year, 20 transport projects reached the finish line, including nine important highways.

According to Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho, 89 kilometers of highways were put into operation in 2001-2010, and 1,074 kilometers in 2011-2020, while the figure was nearly 600 kilometers from 2021 to early 2023, and 475 kilometers in 2023 alone.

The great achievements have been gained amid difficulties caused after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Manh Ha