A road project to upgrade and widen some 50 kilometres of National Road 53, which links the two Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long and Tra Vinh, was begun on May 18.

The upgraded road begins at Km 11+295 in Vinh Long's Long Ho district and will continue to Km56+00 in Cang Long district in Tra Vinh province.

Plans call for widening the road so vehicles can travel at speeds of 60 kilometres per hour in cities and 80 kilometres per hour in rural areas.

The construction work was carried out under the BOT (Build-Develop-Transfer) plan, with investments totalling more than 1.22 trillion VND (56.7 million USD).

The project was expected to be completed in two years, and officials will begin collecting tolls in May 2017.

National Road 53, which stretches more than 172 kilometres, is the key route connecting Vinh Long and Tra Vinh provinces and is a part of the national road network within the Mekong Delta region.

The expanded National Road 53 is expected to help meet transportation demands and ease traffic congestion on the road, contributing to the socio-economic development of Vinh Long and Tra Vinh provinces, as well as the entire Mekong Delta region.-VNA