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Ha Noi steps up efforts to expand highway section

Update: February, 10/2014 - 09:16
The project to expand the 27-kilometre-long section of National Highway 32, which will use government bonds, was approved in 2003.— Photo diendandoanhnghiep

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has urged Ha Noi authorities to implement the expansion of National Highway 32 to meet the needs of traffic from the Vinh Thinh Bridge.

The Vinh Thinh Bridge is scheduled to open for traffic in June.

The 14-kilometre-long route, which connects the Nhon and Son Tay townships, will be upgraded to four lanes from the current two lanes. This will help the flow of vehicles from the Dien-Nhon route, which has been upgraded to four lanes, and will ease traffic congestion on the Vinh Thinh Bridge, when it becomes functional.

The Vinh Thinh Bridge, the longest bridge over the Hong (Red) River, stretching almost 5,500 metres, will link Highways 32 and 2. The four-lane bridge will see a total investment of US$137 million and is expected to connect the satellite urban areas and the high-tech zones.

According to MoT, the expansion of this section is a "vital and urgent task" that must be finished before next year.

This is the second time MoT has urged the city authorities to upgrade this route. Last November, MoT's request to expand the route was rejected due to a shortfall in finance.

The ministry has asked the city to take the build-operate-transfer model to implement the project.

The project to expand the 27-kilometre-long section of National Highway 32, which will use government bonds, was approved in 2003.

Half of the project, including the Lai Xa-Tram Troi-Phung-Phuc Tho route, has been completed. The rest has been delayed or is being implemented slowly, due to the increase in the prices of fuel, labour and materials. — VNS

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