A HCM City company has asked the Transport Ministry to approve a 30 trillion VND (1.37 billion USD) project to build a expressway that will connect HCM City with a southern border province.

The proposal was made by the Cuu Long Transport Infratructure Management Investment and Development in HCM City.

The proposed expressway would link the city's Thu Duc district with Moc Bai Border Gate in the southern Tay Ninh province that borders Cambodia. It will have 84.5 km in length and 15 metres wide for four lanes.

The project is expected to be developed under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) form in the two phases.

About 55.5 km would be built in the first phase with cost estimated at 14.46 VND trillion (669.5 million USD). In the second phase, a combined 38 km of viaduct totally worth 15.5 trillion VND (718 million USD) will be constructed.

The project's investment capital is expected to be raised from sources such as official development assistance (ODA), the State Budget, and loans from Asian Development Bank.

The expressway would connect the Moc Bai Border Gate with the city's beltways 3 and 4, creating an uninterrupted traffic network linking the city with southern key economic regions.-VNA