|The Viet Nam Road Administration has asked for permission from the transport ministry to renovate more than 500km of Highway 1 with a total investment of more than VND11,000 billion ($495 million). — Photo vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Road Administration has asked the Ministry of Transportation for permission to fix damaged sections of National Highway 1 with a total investment of more than VND11,000 billion (US$495 million).
The government has not approved any of the proposals to fix several parts of the highway in the last few years, even though the damaged sections are in urban areas and play a pivotal role in connecting the north to the south, a leader of the administration said.
Although these sections originally met national standards for four-lane roads, over time, the movement of heavy traffic cracked the road surface and created large pot holes.
The damage could make the roads less safe for drivers and reduce their traffic capacity.
Meanwhile, the cost of fixing and improving these parts of Route 1 has exceeded the amount of capital budgeted by the Central Road Management Fund.
The administration has asked for permission to renovate these sections with a total investment of VND11,007 billion ($495,3 million).
The investment capital for this project will be taken from the surplus funds of the expansion projects for National Highway 1 and the road crossing Tay Nguyen on the Ho Chi Minh Highway.
According to the administration, more than 500km along the Highway 1 will be improved, of which, 188,1km will be upgraded and 312,5km will be fixed and smoothened.— VNS