|The groundbreaking ceremony for upgrading National Highway No 60 from Rạch Miễu bridge to Cổ Chiên bridge in the Mekong Delta province of Bến Tre kicked off on Monday. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HCM City — The groundbreaking ceremony for upgrading National Highway No 60 from Rạch Miễu Bridge to Cổ Chiên Bridge in the Mekong Delta province of Bến Tre kicked off on Monday.
The total length of the upgrade will be 22.4 km, with a total investment of VNĐ1.75 trillion (US$77 million). Construction will take about 26 months.
The road will be expanded 9 – 21 metres in width in different parts. The road through Châu Thành District, known for its serious traffic jams, will be expanded to 21 metres from the current 11 metres.
The new road will include more than 15 new 12m-wide bridges.
The construction is the second part of an investment project for Rạch Miễu Bridge, which will collect tolls. The first phase for toll collection fees will end by 2021 and the second phase will last another 14 years.
The current fee for use of Rạch Miễu bridge ranges from VNĐ20,000 – 140,000 (US$1–6), depending on the vehicle.
When Cổ Chiên Bridge opened in May 2015, traffic increased significantly on National Highway No 60 and caused serious traffic congestion.
National Highway No 60 links the Mekong Delta provinces of Tiền Giang, Bến Tre, Trà Vinh and Sóc Trăng. — VNS