The Asian Development Bank has approved a loan of US$410 million for building a second highway connecting Ho Chi Minh City with the Mekong Delta.
The highway, to cost an estimated $860 million, will also get a grant of $160 million from the Australian Agency for International Development, and a loan of $260 million from the Export-Import Bank of Korea.
The Vietnamese government will put up the rest.
The new highway will include two cable-stayed bridges and run through the delta provinces of Long An and Dong Thap and Can Tho city before reaching Kien Giang.
It is expected to be finished in late 2017, reducing traveling time from HCMC to Long Xuyen in An Giang Province to 21/2 hours from the current 31/2 hours.