|The Ministry of Transport and the southern Tra Vinh Province's People's Committee on Wednesday held a ceremony to open the waterway leading to the Hau River, making it navigable for large vessels. — Photo baodauthau.vn
TRA VINH (VNS) — The Ministry of Transport and the southern Tra Vinh Province's People's Committee on Wednesday held a ceremony to open the waterway leading to the Hau River, making it navigable for large vessels.
"The waterway is the only one in the country's south-western region that is capable of handling vessels of up to 20,000 tonnes, meeting the demand for the export and import of 22 to 30 million tonnes of goods per year in the Mekong River Delta region," Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat said.
He said the opening of the waterway was expected to contribute to reducing transport prices and the traffic pressure on roads.
The construction of the 46.5km waterway started in 2009, but it was suspended in January 2013 due to funds problems.
In early 2014, the work resumed with a total investment of nearly VND9.8 trillion (US$435.5 million).
During the first phase, dredging work and the building of breakwaters and ferry were completed.
The construction of sea walls, roads connecting the residents along the waterway and the barge port will continue in the second phase in 2016.
On the same day, the transport ministry organised a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of upgrading four sections of National Highway 60, which connects Rach Mieu and Co Chien bridges in the southern Ben Tre Province.
The road is being built under a BOT (build-operate-transfer) model for a total investment of more than VND1.8 trillion ($80 million).
The first section will be 24m wide, consisting of six vehicle lanes, while the rest will be 12m wide with two vehicle lanes.
The investor will use the toll station on Rach Mieu Bridge to collect toll for 24 years to recover its capital. — VNS