|Motorists cross the new southern ring-road project, which opened yesterday in central Da Nang City. The US$48 million road is expected to enhance development in the city. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam
DA NANG (VNS)— The Ministry of Transport opened the central Da Nang City's southern ring-road project yesterday after nearly two years' work. It is expected to boost development in the region.
Part of a World Bank-funded priority infrastructure project, it includes 6.79km of four-lane road, two bridges that connect National Highway No 1 and the coastal Truong Sa Road.
The project was backed with VND1trillion (US$48 million) from World Bank's Official Development Agency (ODA) funding.
"The route will ease congestion in the city centre and support the East-West Economic Corridor that links Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Viet Nam," chairman of the city's People's Committee Van Huu Chien said at the opening ceremony.
"The project marks the co-operation between the city and the World Bank in developing the city's infrastructure and socio-economic development."
The Minister of Transport, Dinh La Thang, said the project showed the city's capabilities in developing infrastructure projects.
He said the ministry and the city would co-operate further in developing series strategic projects, such as the Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway, the relocation of the railway station; upgrading sea ports and expansion of the Hai Van Tunnel.
The operations manager for the World Bank's Viet Nam portfolio, Keiko Sato, said nearly every citizen in the southern part of the city and suburbs would benefit from the ring-road.
She said she appreciated the strong leadership from the city's administration in completing the quality project on schedule.
The completion of the ring-road will help the city speed up a plan to become a Green city by 2025.
Keiko said the bank would continue to support the central city. — VNS