The Cuu Long delta area has experienced a the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project
The project has been developed with the support of the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Australia who financed the Project Preparation Technical Assistance (PPTA) grant. Purpose of the grant was to develop the project to a level suitable for Asia Development Bank financing. The PPTA provided the resources necessary to prepare the project and identify adequate mitigation of the project’s social, resettlement, environmental and other impacts. The PPTA also reviewed and updated feasibility studies that the Government of Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport and its Project Management Unit had prepared for the project. The PPTA found the project to be economically feasible with social and environmental impacts that could be effectively mitigated. The PPTA study determined the estimated cost of the project to be in the order of US$750 million. The government requested financing assistance for the project from the Asian Development Bank, the Government of Australia and the Government of Korea. The project, when completed, will be operated as a toll road with tolls set to at least recover operating and maintenance costs. Financing for the project has been arranged through the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Australia. The Van Cong bridge will be separately financed by the Government of Korea.
There are three components to the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project:
(i) The Cao Lanh bridge including the approach bridges and the approach road for a total length of 7.8km. The Cao Lanh Bridge itself will be a cable stayed bridge with a central span of 350m and a maximum clearance above high water of 37.5m. Including the approach spans the overall length of the Cao Lanh Bridge is approximately 2km and will be 6 lanes wide crossing a branch of the Tien River.
(ii) A connecting road between the Cao Lanh and Vam Cong bridges will be approximately 15.7km long and will be designed to 6 lane expressway standards but will be constructed initially to 4 lanes.
(iii) The Vam Cong cable stayed bridge with a central span of 470m. With the approach structures the total length will be 2.9km. This is designated component 3A. Component 3B is the approach road to the West of the bridge and is approximately 2.9km long.
The project for which the WSA-WSP-Yooshin JV is providing technical assistance is composed of the Cao Lanh Bridge, the connecting road between the two cable stayed bridges and the approach road to the West of the Vam Cong Bridge.