A section of National Highway No. 50 in HCM City’s Binh Chanh District. (Photo tapchigiaothong.vn )
HCM City (VNA) - The HCM City People’s Committee has sought the Government’s approval to build a new road running parallel to its suburban National Highway No 50.

The road will begin at Pham Hung Street Extension in Binh Chanh District and run up to the city’s border with Long An Province.

It will help improve traffic capacity on the route and reduce the time it takes to travel from the city to nearby provinces.

The new road will have six lanes, and will be built under PPP (public-private partnership) mode with the public component provided by the city.

If approved, the new road will be added to the city’s transportation plan for 2020 and built in 2016-20.

An earlier plan to widen the highway has finally been scrapped after long consideration because of the likely difficulties in acquiring land since there are many new urban areas and industrial parks along it.

The 95.2-kilometre National Highway No 50, which runs through HCM City, Long An and Tien Giang provinces, is often overloaded because of the large number of vehicles transporting goods from provinces to the city.-VNA