Road authorities eyes $340m proposal to upgrade national highways connecting with Laos, China

October 03, 2023 - 08:53
Three national highways in Điện Biên, Thanh Hoá and Lai Châu provinces connecting to Northern Laos and China are proposed to be upgraded and renovated with a total investment of more than $340 million
National Highway 279 connecting Điện Biên city to Tây Trang International Border Gate between Việt Nam and Laos in Điện Biên Province will be upgraded. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — The Department of Roads of Việt Nam (DRVN) has just proposed a project to the Ministry of Transport to upgrade and renovate national highways connecting Việt Nam with northern Laos and China.

Under the proposal, the project will use loans from the World Bank (WB) and will be implemented in five years from 2025 to 2029.

Accordingly, the section of National Highway 279 at Điện Biên-Tây Trang Border Gate in Điện Biên Province with a total length of 38km will be upgraded to level 3 with two lanes and 12m wide.

Meanwhile, two sections of National Highway 4H with a length of 94km will be upgraded to a level 4 mountain road and widened to two lanes.

For National Highway 217, a 52km-long section from National Highway 1 to Hồ Chí Minh Expressway in Thanh Hoá Province will be renovated and upgraded to ensure technical standards of a level 3 road of a plains region with two lanes and a width of 12m. In particular, the section from Km8+400 to Km13+255 will be built at a width of 17m and a road surface of 15m to be in sync with the scale of the central road of the Bồng urban area being built.

The completion of National Highway 217 will create conditions to develop goods trade between Việt Nam and Laos through the Na Mèo International Border Gate and connect to the North-South transportation system and seaports in the region.

According to the proposal of the DRVN, total investment is estimated at VNĐ9.4 trillion, equivalent to about US$340 million, of which, WB loan capital will be over VNĐ7.5 trillion ($315 million) and used for construction, technical designing and consulting, construction supervision and contingency costs.

Domestic counterpart capital of about VNĐ1.9 trillion ($81 million) will be spent for project management, remaining construction consulting, and other costs including site clearance, tax and fee payments and contingency costs.

The department said that the investment in the project would contribute to improving traffic capacity, meeting increasing transport needs, shortening the distance between border gates and seaports, and reducing driving time through the road, which would help reduce transportation costs, environmental pollution and traffic accidents.

The project would also serve the socio-economic development of the area and strengthen the East-West corridor connection promoting trade with northern Laos and China. — VNS