|A section of the new National Highway 3 from Ha Noi to Thai Nguyen Province. Work on the section started in November 2009 and opened to traffic in January 2014, but remains unfinished due to unforeseen work and costs. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung
HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly VND1.3 trillion (US$61.5 million) was needed to complete a section from Ha Noi to Thai Nguyen on the new National Highway 3, according to the Ministry of Transport's Project Management Board 2.
The project started in November 2009 and opened to traffic in January 2014, but remains unfinished due to unforeseen work and costs.
The Management Board has asked the ministry for additional investment in the form of the build-operate-transfer model to complete the section, which is 63.8km long
The section was part of the longer expressway running from Ha Noi through Thai Nguyen to Bac Kan Province, known as the Ha Noi–Thai Nguyen–Cho Moi Expressway, which is 90km long and one of seven expressways under the Viet Nam Expressway Plan to 2020, Deputy General Director Luu Viet Khoa of the Management Board.
Khoa said the expressway, which is divided into two sections from Ha Noi–Thai Nguyen and Thai Nguyen–Cho Moi, would complete a network of expressways in the North, and contribute to the region's socio-economic development plans, especially as the number of accidents on the old National Highway 3 was increasing.
Added investment is needed for an additional layer of asphalt so the road can handle high-speed traffic as wells as the constructions of underpasses and slip lanes.
The installation of an intelligent transportation system for enhanced safety along the road will also be developed using this extra funding. — VNS