Expressway to link booming coastal areas

Update: May, 04/2015 - 10:17

HA NOI (VNS) — A blueprint has been made for a new cross-province expressway linking the busy port city of Ha Long and Van Don special economic zone.

Plans for the project, worth more than VND11.5 trillion (US$534.8 million), have already been submitted by the People's Committee of northern Quang Ninh Province to the Ministry of Transport for approval.

The expressway will be about 60 kilometres long. It will make it easier for containers to travel to and from Ha Long and Van Don - and similarly between Ha Noi and Van Don via Ha Long.

Quang Ninh authorities plan to build the expressway under the BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) model. Four toll stations will be set up on the road for backers to recoup their investment.

Two toll gates will be set up at either end of the route - and another two will be placed at Dong La and Cam Y traffic junctions.

The Quang Ninh People's Committee has another plan to renovate part of National Highway 18 that runs through Ha Long City to Mong Duong Ward in Cam Pha City.

The renovation work will cost more than VND1.7 trillion ($79 million). — VNS