|A tunnel on the Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway. Construction started for a project to connect the Noi Bai-Lao Cai expressway with Sa Pa town in northern Lao Cai Province on Saturday. — Photo Huy Hung
LAO CAI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc launched the project to connect the Noi Bai-Lao Cai expressway with Lao Cai's Sa Pa town in northern Lao Cai Province on Saturday.
At a cost of over VND2.5 trillion (US$112.5 million), the project will include a four-lane provincial road crossing the Sa Pa and Bat Xat District, and Lao Cai city, as well as upgrading the existing 4D highway.
The work on the total 29.2 kilometres of road is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.
At the ceremony, Deputy PM Phuc said he supported the project's build-operate-transfer (BOT) model and co-ordination among different road construction companies.
Highway 4D plays a significant role in the development of the northwestern region. However, the road is relatively small and easily blocked during heavy traffic.
Recently, the road to Sa Pa became overloaded due to the large volume of tourist arrivals. During the Lunar New Year holiday alone, more than 35,000 people visited the town. — VNS