|The HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Highway, a part of the North-South Expressway, was opened yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai
HCM CITY (VNS)— The Viet Nam Expressway Company (VEC) yesterday held a ceremony to open a 20-km section of the 55-km HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay, with Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong attending.
The inaugurated 20-km section running from Ring Road II in District 9 in HCM City to National Highway 51 in Long Thanh District has six lanes, including emergency lanes.
At the ceremony, the deputy minister, who highlighted the effectiveness of the expressway to the southern economic hub, praised the efforts of investors, contractors and consultants in speeding up construction for the project's completion in 2015.
After the ceremony, trucks of over 10 tonnes and container trucks from 20 feet to 40 feet long will be allowed to use the highway.
The expressway allows vehicles to travel at 120km per hour, and at 100km per hour on Long Thanh bridge.
The construction of 55 km of the HCM City- Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway project began in October 2009, with a total investment of more than VND20.6 trillion (US$981 million) sourced from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). — VNS