|The Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway. — Photo zing.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has ordered the Viet Nam Expressway Corporation to fix subsidence appearing along the Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway before September 30.
The move is aimed at ensuring traffic safety for road users along the longest expressway in the country, Thang said.
If the corporation failed to complete the work as scheduled, the toll that they had been collecting from the road users would be suspended, Thang said.
The toll collection would only be re-started once the issue was fixed, he said.
The ministry said the subsidence were detected in July. The ministry asked the corporation to deal with the problem expeditiously before August 15. However, only 11 of the 22 subsidence spots have been fixed so far.
Dao Quang Tuan, director of the expressway's Management Board, said the corporation would mobilize all resources to fix the subsidence problem before September 30 as per Minister Thang's orders.
Tuan said prolonged hot weather was partially to be blamed for the subsidence occurring along the expressway.
The 245-km expressway was opened last September, running through the northern provinces of Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho and Yen Bai before reaching Lao Cai.
The expressway helps shorten the travel time from Ha Noi to Lao Cai from seven hours to three and a half. — VNS