HAI DUONG — The Ministry of Transport yesterday started the construction of 10 new flyover bridges for pedestrians and motorbike drivers on National Highway No 5.
The bridges are part of a US$65-million Strengthening Road Safety of National Highways in Northern Viet Nam Project, with support from a JICA loan, and in accordance with Government Decision No 88, issued in August 2011.
The initiative aims at improving infrastructure as well as reducing traffic accidents and overload.
The VND256 billion ($12.1 million) construction, expected to reach completion in 16 months, will have a major impact on the social-economic and cultural development of the country.
National Highway No 5 connects Ha Noi and Hai Phong City.
Japan has decided to grant $6.4 million to help develop a traffic control system for Ha Noi's expressways.
An exchange note for the project was signed yesterday between Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang and Japanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Tanizaki Yasuaki.
"Viet Nam has a fast growing network of modern expressways and is trying to learn how to operate and manage them. This project will help Viet Nam to set up a transport control centre with high-tech equipment to reduce traffic jams and accidents in and around Ha Noi," said the Japan International Co-operation Agency Chief Representative in Viet Nam, Tsuno Motonori.
Under the framework of the project, JICA will provide intelligent transport system equipment to Viet Nam, and the main work will be conducted on Ring Road 3 between the intersection with National Highway 5 and Phap Van (10km), and between Phap Van and Cau Gie (30km).
Cameras will be installed at these hot spots, all connected to a central information centre. From there, traffic conditions will be monitored and regular updates will be sent to roadside display boards, informing drivers of the latest updates and helping Ha Noi develop a safe and smooth expressway network.
Last year, JICA and the transport ministry also signed a $5.8 million technical co-operation project to help train expressway construction workers and a $2.2 million technical co-operation project to strengthen the operation of expressways. — VNS