HCM CITY (VNS) — The project management board of the Ho Chi Minh Road has asked the transport ministry for approval to invest more than VND1,178 billion (US$52.6 million) to upgrade the National Highway 12B (NH 12B).
|An investment capital of more than VND1,178 billion (US$52.6 million) has been proposed to upgrade NH 12B. — Photo vietnamplus.vn.
The approval is for two stretches of the highway which extend from Tam Diep to Nho Quan.
The investment capital is taken from the remaining amount of government bonds from the improvement projects for National Highway 1A (NH 1A) and the Tâay Nguyen stretch of NH 12B.
NH 12B, which connects NH 1A and the Ho Chi Minh Road, serves to rescue people from floods during the monsoon season, as well as preventing fires in Cuc Phuong national forest and ensuring national security of the north-western areas, Duong Ho Minh, vice president of the board said.
However, as the number of vehicles on NH 1A and the Ho Chi Minh Road constantly increases, several stretches of NH 12B are not capable of accommodating their traffic movement since the highway is only 5 metres to 5.5 metres wide with major damage to the surface.
"Upgrading NH 12B will reduce traffic congestion and make greater ease of movement for vehicles on NH 1A and the Ho Chi Minh road, especially during the annual festive season," Minh said.
The two stretches of NH 12B, which need upgrading, have a total length of 35 kilometres (km).
The first stretch (Tam Diep – Nho Quan) extends from Km0+000 (in the intersection with NH 1A) to Km30+640 (on the boundary between Ninh Binh and Hoa Binh).
The second stretch extends from Km26+500 to Km29+800 of NH 12B.
The stretches will be upgraded to level 3 of urban roads with a width of 7 metres, capable of accommodating vehicles running at speeds between 60km/h and 80km/h. — VNS