HAØ NOÄI — The plan to improve roads and highways was the priority for the transport sector this year, said deputy head of the Directorate for Roads Nguyeãn Xuaân Cöôøng at a press conference last week.
|,A section of National Highway No 3 running through the northern province of Thaùi Nguyeân’s Soâng Coâng Town opened yesterday after 19 months of construction. The road was part of a Japan-funded project to upgrade transport infrastructure and improve road safety along National Highways in the north. Five major new road projects around the country are soon to begin construction. — Photo courtesy of Baothainguyen.org.vn
The constructions of five key projects are scheduled to start this year.
They include the automobile-only Taân Vuõ-Laïch Huyeän Road, which will stretch from Caùt Haûi Island to the northern port city of Haûi Phoøng via the Ñình Vuõ Peninsula.
Other projects aim to fix weak bridges on national highways, to upgrade Highway 5 and Highway 6 (the section that runs through the northern province of Hoøa Bình).
The two others will consolidate Highway No 91 in the southern province of An Giang to prevent erosion and strengthen Road Asset Management.
Cöôøng said that the economic slowdown had posed financial difficulties for road maintenance.
Last year, the directorate resurfaced around 1,200km of roads and 240 bridges, spending nearly VNÑ4.9 trillion (US$235.6 million). — VNS