BINH DINH (VNS) — The upgrade of sections of National Highway 19 linking central Binh Dinh province's Quy Nhon seaport with the Central Highlands and Laos, Cambodia and Thailand began yesterday.
The Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project, which is to cost more than VND2 trillion (US$94 million), is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
The road work is expected to help ensure traffic moves safely on steep sections of the highway, and boost economic development in Binh Dinh and Gia Lai provinces, as well as the Central Highlands.
The sections to be upgraded include 33 km in Binh Dinh province and 22.6 km in Gia Lai province.
Also yesterday, construction of an 80km section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway began in central Thua Thien - Hue province.
The La Son - Tuy Loan section will be built at a cost of nearly VND12 trillion ($564 million).
Construction is to begin in La Son town, Phu Loc district, Thua Thien - Hue province, and end at the intersection with the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Highway in Tuy Loan Town, Da Nang City.
Once completed in April 2017, the section is expected to ease congestion as traffic will flow through the Hai Van tunnel and alleviate flooding on National Highway 1A. — VNS