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Important Infrastructure Projects in HCMC and at the nationwide in 2022! (P1)

Posted by Khoi Pham on February 18, 2022

Starting a 2022 towards a strong recovery, the planning for key infrastructure in Ho Chi Minh City and at the nationwide are being proposed, implemented and completed.

Infrastructure construction attracts most public investment capital, as a premise to create a push to help connectivity synchronized, facilitate and promote trade.

Currently, with infrastructure planning information is updated clearly on press releases, government information, as well as through National Assembly meetings, the consideration, calculation and selection of Real Estate Projects benefits from these infrastructures will certainly bring added value in the future.

Let’s take a look at important infrastructure projects planning in Ho Chi Minh City in part 1

Closing the Ring Road 2, completing the legislation of Ring Road 3, test running Metro No. 1, accelerating the progress of An Phu intersection… are the goals set forth this year by the Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, Phan Van Mai.

“Departments, branches and districts must focus on implementing work from the beginning of the year, trying to achieve and exceed the 2022 plan to make up for the work that has not been done in the previous year”, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Phan Van Always spoke at the conference, on the morning of February 11th.

Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Phan Van Mai spoke at the conference. Photo: Huu Cong

Accordingly, the head of Ho Chi Minh City government sets a number of specific goals this year such as: restarting and closing Ring Road 2; completing the legal framework to prepare for the construction of Ring Road 3; completing test run of Metro No. 1, ready for commercial operation in 2023; starting construction of Metro Line No. 2; completing the legislation to implement the Replacement Housing Program for houses on the canals; deploying Xuyen Tam canal project, speeding up the construction of An Phu intersection in 2022…

Ho Chi Minh City wants to restart the Ring Road 2 project

Ring Road 2, connecting section from My Thuy intersection, Thu Duc City. Photo: Quynh Tran

The restart of the 2.7km section of Ring Road 2 after two years of construction stop and balancing the investment capital of the remaining 11km to close the entire route is set by Ho Chi Minh City from 2022.

The determination to restart and close Ring Road 2 from this year was mentioned by Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Phan Van Mai on 11/2. The desire to complete this arterial road was proposed by the city many years ago, but for many reasons, it could not be implemented.

Four sections with a total length of more than 14 km of Ring Road 2 are not yet closed. Photo: Thanh Huyen

Ring Road 2 was planned 15 years ago, with a total length of more than 64 km, so far 14km have not been closed, divided into 4 sections. In which, only section 3 2.7km long from Pham Van Dong street to Go Dua intersection (Thu Duc City) has been implemented since 2017, but is unfinished. Investment works in the form of BT (build – transfer), total capital of more than VND 2,700 billion (~USD 118 million). Problems in site clearance and land fund payment to investors caused the project to stop from March 2020 until now, when it reached about 44% of the scope.

In February this year, Thu Duc City has completed compensation and allocated 334 out of 468 households, with an area of ​​more than 15.6 hectares of land for the project. The locality is coordinating with relevant departments to focus on solving the remaining cases. While with the payment of the land fund, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed to the City People’s Committee to add 6 more land plots to pay investors. Ho Chi Minh City government is directing relevant departments to review, advise and complete procedures to submit to the Prime Minister for consideration in order to restart the project soon.

According to the investor, the stopped construction, causing the completion time to be prolonged, incurring costs during the implementation process. At the end of last year, the project generated more than VND 230 billion (~USD 10 million) in interest after nearly two years of stagnation, about 10 billion dong (~USD 45,000) per month on average. Previously, this unit had advanced nearly VND 1,400 billion (~USD 61.2 million) to pay for site clearance and construction.

In addition to the above project, in the remaining three sections of the Ring Road 2 which have not yet been invested, the Department of Transport of Ho Chi Minh City said that the two sections passing through Thu Duc City will focus on implementing first. Section 1 is 3.5km long, from Phu Huu bridge to Hanoi highway, with an estimated investment of nearly VND 8,600 billion (~USD 336,3 million). In the first phase, the site clearance project with a complete scale is estimated at more than VND 6,400 billion (~USD 280 million). The work is done in front of the parallel road on both sides, with 3 lanes on each side. At Binh Thai intersection, the project is to build a complete intersection, with a two-way overpass crossing Hanoi highway, with 5 lanes each way and a branch connecting synchronously with surrounding roads.

Section 2 is 2.8km long, from Hanoi Highway to Pham Van Dong Street. Estimated investment capital in the first phase of this project is more than VND 8,400 billion (~USD 367,6 million). This section is also divided into two stages of implementation, in which the site clearance is carried out on a complete scale from the beginning, with a cost of more than VND 5,500 billion (~USD 240,7 million). After that, the project will have parallel roads on both sides and completed the construction of a three-storey intersection at the Pham Van Dong – Linh Dong junction.

“The public investment policy proposal document and the appraisal procedures for two projects are being focused on by units to submit to the city for approval of the investment policy”, said Deputy Director of the City Department of Transport Phan Cong Bang said and also pointed that with section 4 of Ring Road 2, 5.3km long from National Highway 1 to Nguyen Van Linh Street, public investment is also planned. The project has a total investment of more than VND 9,200 billion (~USD 402,6 million), which is being balanced by the city in the medium-term plan for the next 4 years.

Leaders of the Department of Transport said that for many years, the closing of Ring Road 2 has been very interested by the Ho Chi Minh City government, but the biggest difficulty is capital. Sections 1 and 2 of the previous project were implemented in the form of public-private partnership (PPP), BT contract. However, this type of contract is now excluded from the PPP law, so the two projects are converted to public investment.

Currently, the investment in closing Ring Road 2, according to the Department of Transport, is “urgent”, creating a consensus to deploy the fee collection for seaport infrastructure in the city. Projects that continue to be delayed in implementation will also increase investment capital due to site clearance.

Ring Road 2 starts from Nguyen Van Linh Street (Binh Chanh District) through Phu My Bridge (District 7), continues to Binh Thai intersection and connects to Go Dua intersection (Thu Duc City), the end point is National Highway 1, then runs around to Nguyen Van Linh to form a circuit around Ho Chi Minh City.

This is the life line to help separate the flow and reduce the pressure of intra-city traffic. When closed, Ring Road 2 also helps connect seaports and other important traffic routes such as Hanoi highway, Pham Van Dong highway, HCMC – Long Thanh – Dau Giay highway, national highways 1 and 13…

Ho Chi Minh City accelerates the progress of making intersections with nearly VND 4,000 billion (~USD 175 million)

The city requested the Ministry of Transport to soon comment on the basic design of the An Phu intersection project, with a total capital of nearly VND 4,000 billion (~USD 175 million) to complete investment preparation procedures.

The content mentioned in the document was signed by Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoa Binh to the Ministry of Transport, on the afternoon of February 10. The move made by the An Phu intersection project (Thu Duc City) has basically completed the preparation of the pre-feasibility study report.

The vehicles running through the An Phu intersection in early 2022. Photo: Gia Minh

The basic design of the above project is related to, directly connecting the works managed by the Ministry of Transport, including: expansion of the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway and two railway lines of Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang, HCMC – Long Thanh. The Ministry’s early comments on the design of the intersection project will help the works to be synchronously connected and convenient for deployment.

An Phu intersection is the intersection between three major traffic axes at the eastern gateway of the city, including the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway, Mai Chi Tho avenue and Luong Dinh Cua street, causing very large traffic pressure. According to the plan, this intersection project was started this year with a total investment of VND 3,926 billion (~USD 171 million), implemented by 2025, helping to reduce congestion, accidents and increase regional connectivity.

The project has a scale of 3 floors, including: a 2-way underground tunnel connecting the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway through the Mai Chi Tho route (the side of the Thu Thiem tunnel), extending through the Mai Chi Tho – Dong Van Cong intersection. The land to build islands and islets; on the top, there will be 2 overpasses. Ho Chi Minh City will hold an intersection design competition to find the optimal and unique solution, creating a highlight of the landscape…

Perspective of the 3-storey An Phu intersection in Thu Duc City. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport

Out of the three projects related to the intersection managed by the Ministry of Transport, the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway project is about to be deployed, with a total estimated capital of nearly VND 13,000 billion (~USD 569 million). The extension starts from An Phu intersection to the expected intersection of Bien Hoa – Vung Tau highway (Dong Nai), 24km long, widening the road from 4 to 8 lanes. Particularly, the two railway lines mentioned above are in the planning, expected to be implemented before 2030.

Stay tuned to the next news of updates on infrastructure planning in Ho Chi Minh City (Cont.): including updates of Metro No. 1 and No. 2 & other infrastructure planning nationwide!

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