The lack of funds to widen the narrow main highway connecting HCMC with the Mekong Delta has impeded traffic for years.
The section of National Highway 1 at HCMC’s western border runs from the An Lac Intersection in Binh Tan District to Long An Province. It is not only the main route from the city to the Mekong Delta, but also the link between many major roads such as Vo Van Kiet Boulevard, Nguyen Van Linh Boulevard and HCMC – Trung Luong Expressway. It is also the and the channel feeding the Mien Tay Bus Station, where people go to travel from HCMC to Mekong Delta localities and vice versa. More than 10 years ago, HCMC leaders had already been considering a plan to widen the road, but said they could not raise the capital to do it.