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Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

By Phuoc Tuan, Dinh Van   October 11, 2022 | 11:39 pm PT
Work started on a Ho Chi Minh Highway section of 82 kilometers in southern Vietnam in 2009 but until today, has yet to be completed.
Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

The Chon Thanh – Duc Hoa section of Ho Chi Minh Highway runs through the southern provinces of Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong, Tay Ninh and Long An, all parts of the Southern Key Economic Zone.

The section was first invested by funds raised from selling government bonds, but in 2011, the funding policy for the project was changed as the government wanted to reduce public investments to ease pressure on state funds.

The section runs from the intersection with National Highway 12 in Binh Phuoc’s Chon Thanh District to the intersection located near ring roads No.3 and No.4 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Until now, several parts of the section have been completed, including the overpass running above National Highway 13 in Binh Phuoc Province as seen in the photo above.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

After the project was suspended in 2011, the Ministry of Transport switched to building the section under the built-operate-transfer (BOT) format.

Later, it was calculated that the section would need at least VND6.9 trillion ($289 million), with the time to recover capital to exceed 24 years. The solution was therefore considered unfeasible and unattractive to private investors.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

The road leading onto the overpass is blocked to save the bridge from being degraded by the time the entire section is completed.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

Median strips are placed in the middle of the bridge.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

A 10-kilometer section of the route in Binh Phuoc Province was finished in 2015.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

Stretching three kilometers, a section in Bau Bang District of Binh Duong Province that belongs to the Chon Thanh – Duc Hoa route remains a potholed dirt road.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

A bridge crossing Phuoc Hoa Canal in Bau Bang District stands half-finished.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

Another supposed part of Ho Chi Minh Highway in Binh Duong.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

In Tay Ninh Province, an overpass crossing National Highway 22 in Trang Bang Town was finished five years ago.

This bridge is also awaiting the completion of the entire Chon Thanh – Duc Hoa section.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

A cut fence at the section running 21 kilometers through Tay Ninh Province.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

Wild grass covers both sides of a road leading to the overpass.

Funding issue leaves section of trans-Vietnam route in limbo for 13 years

The Transport Ministry has recently approved a plan to restart the project with VND2.293 trillion from the state budget to build it from now until 2025.

As designed, the route stretches 12 meters wide for vehicles to travel at 100 kph.

 
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