Vo Van Kiet High Way

Vo Van Kiet Highway, originally called the East-West Highway, is the most modern road running through downtown Ho Chi Minh City in an east-west direction. This is a strategic route which helps promote the economic development in Ho Chi Minh City in particular and the entire southern region, southern central and Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands) in general.


The East-West Highway project started in 1997 and the opening to traffic in the first phase was completed in September 1999. This project has a total investment of 9.864 trillion VND, including 6.394 trillion VND from the Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC) and 3.470 trillion VND from the State’s reciprocal investment. In May 2010, about 3.600 trillion VND was added to the project’s capital source due to the expansion of the route running through District 2, thus increasing the total investment to over 13.400 trillion VND.
The highway is a strategic transport route of a city which will have a population of approximately 10 million people in the near future. Now, the time to travel from the east to the west of the city has been reduced by 20-25 minutes due to the ease of traffic congestion. The highway also helps reduce the population density in the city because the residential areas have expanded to the eastern bank of the Sai Gon River and the south of the city. Furthermore, the highway has contributed to improving the environment and bringing a beautiful look to the city. This is shown in the fact that the slums of thousands of households on both sides of the Tau Hu-Ben Nghe canal are being replaced by parks with green trees and modern public facilities. More importantly, these households will have better houses and a more civilized living environment in the new resettlement areas.