Southern Vietnam province to spend $857 mln on three highways linking Long Thanh airport

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Provincial Road 769 that leads to Long Thanh International Airport will be widened. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan

Southern Vietnam province to spend $857 mln on three highways linking Long Thanh airport

Dong Nai Province has approved the building or widening of three roads leading to Long Thanh airport, Vietnam’s largest, when it is completed.

To cost the province VND19.6 trillion ($857 million), they will see the construction of the 53-kilometer Provincial Road 770B at a cost of VND12.5 trillion and the upgrade and widening of Provincial Road 769 from four to six and eight lanes at a cost of VND1.6 trillion and Provincial Road 773 from six to eight lanes at a cost of VND5.5 trillion.

The new road, to have eight lanes, will connect Dinh Quan, Thong Nhat, Cam My districts and Long Khanh Town with the airport.

Nguyen Bon, deputy director of the province Department of Transport, said the three are prioritized for completion in the next five years.

Work to acquire lands, draw up feasibility reports and organize bids is already under way so that construction could begin in early 2023, he said.

The three routes “will be synchronized” with the airport, which is set to start operation in 2025.

They will ease pressure on a number of major roads in the south like National Highways 1, 20 and 51 and the HCMC – Long Thanh – Dau Giay Expressway, he added.

To cost over $16 billion, the airport is set to replace HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat airport as Vietnam’s largest once completed.

The government has said it should be completed in the first half of 2025 and become operational by the end of that year.

It will have an annual capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tons of cargo.