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Slow progress on highway upgrade

Update: September, 05/2015 - 07:48
Workers upgrade National Highway 1 crossing southern Binh Thuan province. Slow progress has been blamed on the incompetence of the investors and the contractor. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI (VNS) — About 21 of the 38 projects to upgrade National Highway No 1 from the central Thanh Hoa Province to the southern Can Tho Province have been completed in 18 months.

Head of the Transport Engineering Construction and Quality Management Bureau Tran Xuan Sanh said this at a meeting with the transport ministry for reviewing the progress of the National Highway No 1 upgrade project on Thursday.

Work on all sections would be completed by the end of this year, and National Highway No 1 would be opened to traffic soon after that, he said.

The upgrade of National Highway No 1 from Ha Noi to Can Tho covers 1,475km. It is divided into two sections that connect Ha Noi with Thanh Hoa Province, and Thanh Hoa with Can Tho.

All National Highway No 1 projects had maintained the progress and quality requested by the ministry, Sanh said, except for the Nam Binh Dinh and Bac Binh Dinh projects. He blamed the projects' sluggish progress on the financial incompetence of the investors and the contractor.

Sanh asked the investors to work with relevant agencies to mobilise all equipments and human resources to complete the two projects before October 30 this year. He said all subsidence seen in completed projects (the section from Thanh Hoa to Can Tho Province) had been repaired. — VNS

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