HA NOI (VNS)— The investor in the Cau Gie-Ninh Binh Highway has blamed the emergence of pot holes and depressions in sections of the road, which are endangering thousands of motorists everyday, on misjudgements that were made in the rush to finish the project on time.
The damage to the road has mainly occurred in the section of the highway running through Yen Hong Commune in Nam Dinh Province's Y Yen District.
Construction of the 50-kilometre, six lane highway, one of most modern built in Viet Nam so far, was started six years ago with work set to be completed in June. However, a series of unexpected delays hit the project.
The Viet Nam Express Corporation (VEC) of the Ministry of Transport, admitted last Saturday that they had been put under pressure to open the new highway, linking Ha Noi and Nam Dinh Province, on the scheduled date of June 30 in order to ease the burden of traffic on National Highway 1A.
Construction delays on the section of the road running through Yen Hong Commune were caused by slow site clearance - a situation that was not resolved until last March. At the same time it was discovered that the land in the same area was very soft, and extra technical work was needed in order to fully avoid depressions in the road surface, including the use of the heavy supports.
The VEC said that the full amount of work needed would have taken between four and seven months, preventing the entire highway from being operational until next year. Due to the time constraints and pressure to complete the project, this work was never sufficiently undertaken, and the corporation asked the Transport Ministry to allow the early removal of the supports in soft land areas, according to VEC vice director of Nguyen Van Nhi.
After the road was completed and put into use, the construction company continually introduced measures to minimise road depression, he added. In particularly susceptible areas, the speed limit was reduced from 120 kilometres per hour to 40.
However, late last month the road surface began to peel and significant pot-holes appeared, resulting in several regular drivers of the route showing their concern. Nhi has said that the corporation have now asked relevant agencies to fix the problems.
The highway was built under the terms of a Build-Operate-Transfer contract worth nearly VND9 trillion (US$428.6 million) and is expected to help save time and travelling expense for commuters travelling between Ha Noi and the neighbouring provinces of Ha Nam, Nam Dinh and Ninh Binh. — VNS