Vietnam mulls $701 mln expressway to Cambodia

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 A file photo of tourists boarding a bus to Cambodia at Vietnam's Moc Bai border gate in the southern province of Tay Ninh. Photo: Duong Phan
The Vietnamese government is mulling over a plan to build 55-kilometer expressway linking Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia at an estimated cost of more than VND15.88 trillion (US$701 million), local media reported on Wednesday.
The road is part of a Japanese ODA-funded expressway linking the Vietnamese city and Cambodian capital city Phnom Penh, news website Dau Tu said, citing a proposal by the Ministry of Transport.
It will start at Ho Chi Minh City's Hoc Mon District and end at the border gate Moc Bai in the southern province of Tay Ninh with six lanes that allow vehicles to move at a speed limit of 120 kilometers per hour, according to the website.
A feasibility study for the project will be completed in first quarter next year, it said.
According to a report on Cambodia Daily, the expressway's section in Cambodia will stretch over 170 kilometers from Phnom Penh to Bavet City, which borders Vietnam's Tay Ninh Province.
The project was estimated to cost $2.2 billion in total, the newspaper said, citing Japanese International Cooperation Agency.
When it is fully opened in 2030, the expressway will halve travel time between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh to three hours, it said.

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