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HCMC – The Thang Long Project Management Board has proposed spending some VND18 trillion to construct a 67-kilometer-long expressway linking the southeastern province of Dong Nai and Bao Loc City of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

Once in place, the Tan Phu-Bao Loc expressway project, which will have four lanes, will help ease the burden on National Highway 20, VnExpress news site reported.

The management board said on October 7 that it had submitted the project’s pre-feasibility study report to the Ministry of Transport for approval. The project will be added to the medium-term public investment plan for the 2021-2025 period under the build-operate-transfer format.

The projected expressway will run through Tan Phu District of Dong Nai Province and Da Huoai, Da Tel and Bao Lam districts and Bao Loc City of Lam Dong Province. In the first phase, the expressway with a width of 17 meters will allow a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

The Tan Phu-Bao Loc expressway project is the second component of the 200-kilometer-long Dau Giay-Lien Khuong expressway project, which is set to link the Central Highlands provinces and the southeastern provinces, according to the project’s consulting unit.

The 60-kilometer Dau Giay-Tan Phu expressway project with a total capital of VND6.4 trillion and the 73-kilometer-long Bao Loc-Lien Khuong expressway project with a total investment of VND12 trillion had earlier been proposed for construction. The two four-lane projects are designed to allow a maximum speed of 80-100 kilometers per hour.

In early 2020, the National Assembly delegates of Lam Dong Province wrote to the Ministry of Transport proposing allowing the construction of the Tan Phu-Bao Loc expressway as soon as possible to ease the traffic jams facing the Bao Loc Pass.

If the ministry approves the construction, work on these expressway projects will begin in the third quarter of 2022 and end in 2025.

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