The Mai Dich-South Thang Long Section of Hanoi’s Ring Road 3, funded by official development assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), was officially opened to traffic on October 11 after two years and four months of construction.
The Mai Dich-South Thang Long section of Ring Road 3 was constructed with a high-standard inner-city expressway of the western part of city, connecting Mai Dich intersection and South Thang Long intersection of Ring Road 3 which runs along the outskirts of the capital. The 5.4km section has 4.8km of viaduct.
|Mai Dich-South Thang Long section has completed Hanoi’s Ring Road 3 |
JICA and the government of Vietnam signed a loan agreement worth ¥20.591 billion ($195.3 million) in 2013 to implement the project which started construction in 2018.
JICA has a long history of cooperation for the development of Ring Road 3 in Hanoi. Japanese ODA Loans were provided for the "Red River Bridge Construction Project", "Hanoi City Ring Road No.3 Construction Project", and "New National Highway No.3 and Regional Road Network Project".
In 2007, Thanh Tri Bridge (Red River Bridge) connecting to Ring Road 3 was completed. After that, the northern and southern approach roads to the bridge opened to traffic in 2009 and 2010.
Subsequently, in 2012, a 9km section connecting the intersection of National Highway 32 with the north side of Linh Dam Lake, which is the southwestern section of Ring Road 3, opened to traffic. Finally, in 2014, the section connecting Hanoi and Thai Nguyen city was also completed.
|The Mai Dich-South Thang Long Section can bypass the city centre is completed, helping to reduce traffic congestion for the city centre and to promote the efficiency of logistics |
In 2020, with the opening of the Mai Dich-South Thang Long Section, the development of the Ring Road that can bypass the city centre has been completed, helping to reduce traffic congestions in the city centre and to promote transport efficiency, thus contributing to the economic development of the region.
Under COVID-19, the government of Vietnam chose to continue implementing public works while ensuring safety precautions for workers. The continuance of all of JICA’s ODA-loan projects, including this one, have sustained employment, thus supporting the economy. On the other hand, infrastructure development is also very important from the perspective of improving the investment environment and attracting foreign direct investment, according to JICA's statement.
Vietnam still faces bottlenecks in basic infrastructure. JICA will continue to support Vietnam's socioeconomic development by implementing transportation infrastructure projects, under the Japanese government's policy of "Partnership for Quality Infrastructure”.