|A blueprint of Dai Ngai Bridge crossing Hau River. – Photo vov.vn
HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the Dai Ngai Bridge project, which will build 26 bridges on National Highway 60, linking Mekong Delta provinces Soc Trang and Tra Vinh.
Last year, the Transport Ministry outlined the project with an estimated investment of VND13 trillion (US$650 million) for building 24 medium-sized bridges and two large bridges – Dai Ngai 1 and Dai Ngai 2 – along a 54km stretch of the highway.
Once complete, the bridges will help reduce the distance to travel from many coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta to HCM City by 70-100km and reduce the congestion on National Highway 1A.
The bridges will replace all ferries crossing Hau River in the coastal provinces from southernmost Ca Mau Province to HCM City. Some 4,000 vehicles use ferries to travel between Tra Vinh and Soc Trang daily.
The PM has asked the Transport Ministry to calculate the funding needed for the project.
The project will have two components, one of which will involve a build-operate-transfer contract with a private investor, while the other makes use of the State's budget.
The PM allowed private investors to collect toll at Dai Ngai Toll Station and Co Chien Bridge to earn back their investment.
The Transport Ministry was asked to find competent investors. — VNS