|A long line of trucks is held up due to a serious traffic jam on the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Highway in Hai Phong City. — VNA/VNS Photo Lam Khanh
HA NOI (VNS) — Traffic congestion was reported along the five-kilometre stretch of the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Highway in Hai Phong City only two days after cordoning off one lane for repairs.
On Thursday, the city's Department of Transport divided the highway in two for repairs on the road's surface. However, a serious traffic jam occurred on the first day as most of the vehicles on the road were container trucks or trailers. The congestion grew worse during peak hours between 5pm and 7pm.
On the second day, the situation had not improved, affecting import and export activities at ports in the city.
A representative from a local import-export company said the congestion could lead to increased costs associated with import and export activities at the ports, and enterprises might be fined for exporting cargo later than stipulated in their contracts.
The repair work on National Highway No 5 connecting Ha Noi and Hai Phong began in January 2013 and was completed last April. However, subsidence and cracks have been reported along the route. The 22.7km-long highway sees average daily traffic of 500 vehicles. — VNS