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Extension of National Highway 37 proposed, to cost $62 million

Update: June, 23/2015 - 18:12
The project suggests that the Ha Noi-Lang Son highway be connected to the Ha Noi-Thai Nguyen highway under the Build-Operate-Transfer format. — Photo laodong

HA NOI (VNS) — The Project Management Unit 6 under the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam has submitted a proposal to the Transport Ministry to extend National Highway 37.

The project suggests that the Ha Noi-Lang Son highway be connected to the Ha Noi-Thai Nguyen highway under the Build-Operate-Transfer format.

According to the proposal, the upgrade cost is estimated at nearly VND1,300 billion (about $62 million). The project will contribute to the socio-economic development plan for Bac Giang and Thai Nguyen provinces, in addition to establishing a direct link between the major industrial zones of the two provinces, it notes.

The extended section will be located in Viet Yen and Hiep Hoa districts in Bac Giang Province and in Pho Yen District, Thai Nguyen Province.

It will be 34km in length and 12m in width and will have two lanes, allowing vehicles to move at up to 80km per hour.

The proposal suggests that the cost can be returned in 22 years.

According to Nguyen Kieu Hung, deputy director of the project management unit 6, the toll station will be located in Hiep Hoa District, Bac Giang Province. The toll proposed for a four-seater vehicle is VND35,000 ($1.6), with a scope for 18 per cent annual increase.

If approved by the Transport Ministry, the project will start construction in the fourth quarter of this year and will be completed in 24 months. — VNS

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