Vietnam targets having 9,000 km of expressways by 2050

By Viet Tuan   September 3, 2021 | 04:31 pm PT
Vietnam targets having 9,000 km of expressways by 2050
The construction site of Dau Giay-Phan Thiet Expressway in Binh Thuan Province, part of the North-South Expressway, May 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan
There will be more than 5,000 km of expressways by 2030 and almost double that by 2050, a road network development plan envisages.

Under the plan, approved by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on September 1, the 2,000-km eastern North-South Expressway from Lang Son to Ca Mau, and the 1,200-km western North-South Expressway linking Tuyen Quang and Kien Giang provinces will be completed by 2050.

The rest include 14 with a total length of 2,300 km in the north, 10 running 1,400 km altogether in the central region and a similar number spanning 1,290 km in the south.

They include three ring roads of 425 km in Hanoi and two ring roads of 300 km in Ho Chi Minh City.

The country now has more than 1,160 km of expressways.

The plan also seeks to have 172 national highways with a length of 30,000 km and 3,000 km of coastal roads running through 20 provinces by 2030.

The plan said the road network should be linked with local roads, link dynamic regions with disadvantaged areas and lead to international transport hubs.

Local authorities can speed up investment depending on transport requirements if funds are available. They can also opt to build additional sections with local funds.

To achieve the plan, the government will seek to optimize resources and promote the PPP (public-private partnership) format.

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