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Slow highway construction disrupts residents' daily lives

Update: January, 07/2016 - 10:15
The slow and inadequate upgrade work of National Highway 8A is creating problems for the residents of Son Diem Commune in the central Ha Tinh Province's Huong Son District. — Photo laodong.com.vn

HA TINH (VNS) — The slow and inadequate upgrade work of National Highway 8A is creating problems for the residents of Son Diem Commune in the central Ha Tinh Province's Huong Son District.

National Highway 8A is being upgraded by the management board of Project 4 under the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam, with the first phase costing more than VND1.1 trillion (about US$48.9 million).

The local authority handed over the clear section to the investor in 2013.

However, the road still looks like a construction site after two years.

A resident said the contractor had even asked workers to cover a 500m road with stones to prevent vehicles from using it, making it difficult for people to travel.

People driving on the road sometimes have to spend hours removing the stones that get stuck under their vehicles.

The households are also troubled by dust that covers the houses and plants on sunny days, and by the floods and mud that appear everywhere on rainy days.

The people are being forced to buy canvas material to cover their houses and gardens to reduce pollution.

In addition, the upgraded road is 1m higher than the old one, leading to a great difference in height with the village roads, affecting people's daily activities.

A local said an ox-cart that could easily move on these slopes earlier, could not do so now.

Therefore, the people are using manual labour to reduce the angle of the slope. — VNS

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