|The Viet Nam Expressway Corporation has finished fixing a 73m crack that appeared between Km82 and 83 of the Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway in September. — Photo Vnexpress
HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Expressway Corporation has finished fixing a 73m crack that appeared between Km82 and 83 of the Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway in September, just three days after the road opened.
Soft ground was initially blamed for the crack.
South Korea's Keangnam Corporation, the project's main contractor, extended an apology to the Government and Vietnamese people for the crack in October.
Construction to deal with the crack started on December 5, according to Le Kim Thanh, deputy general director of the corporation. Staff were on duty 24 hours per day to ensure smooth traffic and safety for road users.
They completed their work last Friday, one day sooner than Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang's order.
The cracked section was part of Package A4 won by the Keangnam corporation. Director General Hae Nam Jang said in a letter sent to Transport Minister Dinh La Thang that packages A4 and A5 met international standards.
The US$1.5 billion expressway is the longest in the country, stretching 245km. It opened on September 21, halving the seven-hour drive from Ha Noi to Lao Cai Province. — VNS