Vietnam’s largest city and commercial heart is making dramatic progress on transportation infrastructure — facilitating development of the Saigon River’s East bank. Key projects include the East-West Highway (named last month after former Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet), a tunnel under the river to be opened later this year, and the Phu My Bridge across the river that opened in 2009.
The improvements connect five districts of Ho Chi Minh City and improve transport between the main port the Mekong Delta; they also respond to concerns of foreign investors about whether Vietnam is up to the challenge of matching its ambitions with adequate infrastructure.
Overall, more than 100 miles of new highways and 50 bridges have been built over the past five years, and the transportation ministry plans more than 20 major further improvements over the next decade.
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