The highway, which is being implemented under a public-private partnership, will connect the city with Moc Bai International Border Gate in the southern province of Tay Ninh.
It will be completed in two phases and cost nearly VND10.7 trillion (US$459.36 million).
The first phase will involve the construction of two separate sections of the highway. The first will be a 33km section from Ho Chi Minh City to Tay Ninh province’s Trang Bang district, which will have four lanes, with a maximum speed of 120km per hour for vehicles.
The second section from Trang Bang to Moc Bai will be 20.5km long and have four lanes with a designed speed of 80km per hour. After the two sections are completed, the second phase of construction will expand the expressway from six to eight lanes.
The Ho Chi Minh City – Moc Bai Highway project will meet the transport demands of the region and fit with the national highway network plan.
In particular, the highway will shorten the time it takes to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to the international border gate, and strengthen the connection between Vietnam’s key southern economic zones and the East-West economic corridor, including Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.