Work started on a section of a trans-Southeast Asia road in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on Saturday. The Minh Luong-Thu Bay section and the Rach Gia bypass in Kien Giang are part of the Southern Coastal Corridor Project which aims to build 217 kilometers of road running from Vietnam-Cambodia border to the Mekong Delta provinces of Kien Giang and Ca Mau. The 217-km stretch is part of the 950km-long route, which begins in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, runs through Cambodia and ends in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta city of Ca Mau. The 23-km Minh Luong-Thu Bay section and the 21-km Rach Gia bypass are expected to finish after three years and will cost $132 million. The Southern Coastal Corridor Project is part of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) cooperation program, and aims to set up an international road linking important economic zones of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with other ASEAN countries. Total costs are estimated at $398 million sourced from preferential loans of the government of South Korea and the Asian Development Bank, non-refundable aid of the Australian government and corresponding capital of the Vietnamese government. Once operational, the road is expected to facilitate travel and trade in the region, including Vietnamese exports to Cambodia through the Ha Tien International Border Gate in the Kien Giang Province.