Viet Nam: Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressways Technical Assistance Project

Sovereign Project | 41414-013

ADB is financing preparations for three expressway projects in Viet Nam that will be part of the Greater Mekong Subregion economic corridors. Two expressways will connect Ha Noi and Lang Son, and Ha Long and Mong Cai in Viet Nam’s northeastern region, and the third will connect Ben Luc and Long Thanh in the southern region. The project includes preparing detailed designs, updating safeguard plans, and assisting in land acquisition, resettlement, and procurement of goods and civil works.

Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressways Technical Assistance Project
Project Number 41414-013
Country / Economy Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2460-VIE: Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son, Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Long-Mong Cai, and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressways Technical Assistance Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 26.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Hanoi-Lang Song (HNLS) and Ben Luc-Long Thanh (BLLT) Expressways Technical Assistance (TA) Project is to provide assistance to the Government of Viet Nam and Viet Nam Expressways Corporation (VEC) in implementing preconstruction activities of the GMS Hanoi-Lang Son and the Ben Luc-Long Thanh expressway projects, including (i) development of detailed designs of the expressways and their associated facilities; (ii) update of resettlement plans, ethnic minority development plans (EMDPs) or ethnic minority specific actions (EMSAs), and environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and environmental management plans (EMPs); (iii) preparation of bidding documents for civil works and assistance during the procurement of contracts; and (iv) assistance with implementation of land acquisition and resettlement for the three expressway projects.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The economy of Viet Nam has been growing rapidly, with gross domestic product (GDP) growing at an average annual rate of 7.5% from 2001 to 2005, and it is expected to grow more rapidly at an average annual rate of 10% up to 2010. Traffic volume will double within 7-8 years. Development of transport infrastructure, especially the expressway network, is essential to achieve rapid economic growth. The TA Loan Project will assist the Government and VEC in preparing the following high-priority expressway projects: (i) the GMS Hanoi-Lang Son Expressway, to be linked with the existing Nanning-Youyiguan Expressway in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR) in the People's Republic of China (PRC); and (ii) the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway, to strengthen connectivity in the southern suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). These expressways are all part of the GMS economic corridors identified in the GMS transport sector strategy study endorsed by the GMS governments in May 2006.
Impact Construction of three expressways are completed, and they are open to traffic.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Designs of the three expressway projects are accepted by the Government of Viet Nam, VEC, ADB, and cofinanciers.
Progress Toward Outcome

Detailed designs for the GMS BLLT Expressway have been completed.

Consulting services for the detailed designs of the GMS HNLS Expressway is ongoing. Consulting services contract for the appraisal of the detailed designs of GMS HNLS was awarded in June 2016.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Detailed designs of the three expressways prepared.

Safeguard plans for the three expressways updated, and implementation of land acquisition and resettlement assisted.

Draft procurement documents for goods and civil works prepared, and procurement assisted.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Detailed designs for the BLLT Expressway have been completed, while detailed designs for the HNLS Expressway is under preparation. The output pertaining to the Ha Long-Mong Cai (HLMC) Expressway was approved for deletion by Board through a major change in project scope on 18 September 2013. HLMC Expressway has been taken out of the scope of work.

Safeguard plans for BLLT have been completed, and being updated for HNLS. An external resettlement monitoring consultant has been engaged to assist in the ongoing implementation of land acquisition and resettlement.

Procurement documents for BLLT have been prepared, and procurement assistance is ongoing for the eastern section of BLLT expressway. The ongoing detailed design consultancy for HNLS will also provide assistance to VEC during procurement for the HNLS expressway construction project.

Geographical Location Ben Luc, Ha Long, Hanoi, Hoan Kiem, Lang Son, Mong Cai, Quan Chin
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects No environmental impact under this technical assistance loan.
Involuntary Resettlement No involuntary resettlement impact under this technical assistance loan. No further action is required.
Indigenous Peoples No indigenous peoples affected under this technical assistance loan. No further action is required.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consulting services to be financed out of the proceeds of the Loan shall be subject to and governed by ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (March 2013, as amended from time to time). All consultants recruitment have been completed.
Procurement No goods and civil works procurement for this technical assistance loan project.
Responsible ADB Officer Tanaka, Yasushi
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Vietnam Expressway Corporation
Mr. Le Hoang Tung
[email protected]
Hamlet 2, Linh Nam Ward, Hoang Mai District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Concept Clearance 15 Apr 2008
Fact Finding 17 Apr 2008 to 29 Apr 2008
MRM 09 Jun 2008
Approval 23 Oct 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 08 May 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2016

Loan 2460-VIE

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Oct 2008 12 Dec 2008 26 Jun 2009 31 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2016 08 May 2017
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.80 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 26.00 17 Jun 2022 18.96 0.00 100%
Counterpart 4.80 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 17 Jun 2022 18.96 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - -

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