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Work begins on highway expansion

Update: January, 14/2014 - 08:43
A ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion of a 41-kilometre section of National Highway 1A was held in central Quang Nam Province yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Huu Trung

QUANG NAM (VNS)— A ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion of a 41-kilometre section of National Highway 1A was held in central Quang Nam Province yesterday.

This is the second package, for a total of 80 kilometres, to pass through the province and is expected to be completed within 2 years, in line with a Building-Operation-Transfer agreement, with an investment of VND1.4 trillion (US$71 million).

The 20.5-metre-wide section, which includes four lanes passing through the four districts of Duy Xuyen, Que Son, Thang Binh and Phu Ninh, will help ease the bottleneck on National Highway 1, which connects Quang Nam with Quang Ngai Province.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc lauded efforts made by the local administration to clear sites for the project.

He asked the project investor and contractors to make concerted efforts to ensure the project was completed on schedule.

Phuc also said investors should select the most suitable construction method to make allowances for existing traffic flows on National Highway 1 during the construction period.

Last year, the 140-kilometre Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway Development project commenced construction in Dien Ban District of Quang Nam Province.

Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry and Central Highlands Lam Dong Province People's Committee kicked off a project on Sunday to upgrade part of National Highway 20 running through the province.

The project is expected to cost over VND4.1 trillion ($195 million), including VND1.4 trillion from build-operate-transfer contracts and over VND2.7 trillion from build-transfer contracts.

The road is a key route that connects Lam Dong Province – the famous flower and vegetable growing areas in Viet Nam – with HCM City and other roads in the Mekong Delta.

Officials noted that the road has been seriously degraded in recent years. — VNS

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