North–South expressway (Vietnam)

Cần Thơ National Route 8 (Vietnam) Vietnam
CT 01, VNM
Map of the expressway
Blue: Operational
Pink: under construction/planned

The North–South expressway[1] (labelled CT.01) is a planned, in-construction Vietnamese expressway located parallel to National Highway 1A, running from Hanoi to Cần Thơ.[2] The express way will be 1,941 km long, running from Hanoi to Cần Thơ with total cost estimate of VND 350 trillion (equivalent to US$18.5 billion).[3] This expressway is being built with 16 sections with major milestones: Pháp Vân, Cầu Giẽ, Ninh Bình, Thanh Hóa, Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Trị, Đà Nẵng, Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định, Nha Trang, Phan Thiết, Dầu Giây, Long Thành, Bến Lức, Trung Lương and Mỹ Thuận (Cần Thơ). According to the approved master plan, 4 sections would be completed by 2010: Cầu Giẽ – Ninh Bình, TP Hồ Chí Minh – Trung Lương, Long Thành – Dầu Giây, Trung Lương – Mỹ Thuận – Cần Thơ, with the total length of 222 km, estimated cost of VND 53,135 billion.[4]


Construction of the first section,[clarification needed] covering 98 km from Cam Lo to La Son, started in September 2019, with opening targeted for 2021.[5] The central section of the North-South Expressway will stretch 654 kilometers from Nam Dinh Province near Hanoi to Vinh Long Province and will cost an estimated VND118 trillion ($5.1 billion).

In 2020, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyễn Chí Dũng petitioned to the National Assembly to switch development of the remaining sections of the North–South expressway to state funding instead of build-operate-transfer contracts, in order to avoid delays in raising capital and to reduce interest amount. If public funding would be approved, construction on the sections Vĩnh Hảo (vi) - Phan Thiet, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa and Phan Thiết - Dau Giay would start in 2021.[6]

La Son - Tuy Loan Expressway Construction near Da Nang


Section Length Status
Hanoi (Cau Gie) - Ninh Binh 50 kilometres (31 mi)[7] opened for traffic in 2012
Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa 121 kilometres (75 mi)[7] planned
Thanh Hoa - Ha Tinh 96 kilometres (60 mi)[7] planned
Ha Tinh - Quang Binh planned
Quang Binh - Quang Tri (Cam Lo) planned
Quang Tri (Cam Lo) - Hue (La Son) construction started in 2019
Hue (La Son) - Da Nang (Tuy Loan) 105 kilometres (65 mi)[7] being upgraded from 2 lane road
Da Nang (Tuy Loan) - Quang Ngai 131 kilometres (81 mi)[7] opened for traffic in 2018
Quang Ngai - Binh Dinh 180 kilometres (110 mi)[7] planned
Binh Dinh - Nha Trang planned
Nha Trang - Phan Thiet 200 kilometres (120 mi)[7] planned
Phan Thiet - Dau Giay 98 kilometres (61 mi)[7] financing started
Dau Giay - Long Thanh 55 kilometres (34 mi)[7] opened for traffic in 2015
Long Thanh - Ben Luc 58 kilometres (36 mi)[7] will open for traffic in 2020
Ben Luc - My Tho 40 kilometres (25 mi)[7] opened for traffic in 2010
My Tho - Vinh Long 40 kilometres (25 mi)[7] under construction
Vinh Long - Can Tho 42 kilometres (26 mi)[7] construction to begin in 2020


  1. ^ Vietnamese: Đường cao tốc Bắc-Nam.
  2. ^ Đường cao tốc Bắc Nam: Cơ bản nối thông tuyến vào năm 2020 Archived 2009-06-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "350tr dong set for expressway system development in Vietnam". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21.
  4. ^ "North–South Expressway will be basically completed in 2020". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
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  6. ^ "Một tỉnh Trung Quốc 3 năm làm 2.000km cao tốc, Việt Nam 35 năm hơn 400km". Tuổi Trẻ. June 9, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Report On Viet Nam Expressway Development Plan" (PDF). Ministry of Transport.