Work has begun on the $1.06bn expressway in southern Tien Giang Province in Vietnam, which will link the Trung Luong T-junction and My Thuan Bridge.

The 54km-long, nearly 25m-wide four-lane road will start at the Than Cuu Nghia crossroad, which is at the end of the nearly completed Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong expressway in Tien Giang, and extend to My Thuan bridge when finished.

The road forms part of the North-South axial route and, along with the HCM City-Trung Luong expressway, and is expected to boost the socio-economic development in the Mekong delta.

The project is being funded by the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and is be carried out by the BIDV Expressway Development Joint Stock Company.

Work is expected to finish by 2013.