|The Ha Noi-Hai Phong six-lane expressway will open to traffic on Saturday. — VNA Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The newly built Ha Noi-Hai Phong expressway will be opened to traffic on Saturday (December 5), a representative of the project contractor said.
Dao Van Chien, chairman of the board of directors of the Viet Nam Infrastructure Development and Finance Investment Joint Stock Company, the main project contractor, announced yesterday that workers were hurrying to complete the final 2km section of the road.
The total investment in the expressway project was roughly VND45,480 billion (US$2 billion), funded by a Vietnam Development Bank loan.
A 75km section of the six-lane expressway opened to traffic late in September. The remaining 35km section, linking Ha Noi's beltway No 3 with Hung Yen Province's National Highway No 39, was finished later.
The chairman said the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Expressway met all requirements in terms of technical design and parameters.
All toll stations along the expressway will be equipped with weighing systems and expressway roadside. The project investor has signed co-operation agreements with the police departments of the provinces through which the expressway passes to maintain security.
The construction of the expressway -- which will be 105.5km long, 33m wide and have a speed limit of 120km per hour -- began in May 2008.
Fifty-four bridges, 108 sullage pits and nine intersections are being built as part of the project. — VNS