|The Đà Nẵng - Tam Kỳ Highway, which opened last year, is part of the Đà Nẵng - Quảng Ngãi Highway. — Photo baogiaothong.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The entire length of the Đà Nẵng-Quảng Ngãi highway, connecting the two central provinces, will open for traffic from National Day, September 2.
The highway, stretching over 139 km and linking with National Highway No1, cost about US$1.64 billion, of which $798 million was loaned from the Japan International Co-operation Agency and $590 million from the World Bank. The rest is allocated from the State budget.
The highway allows speed limits of up to 120km per hour, which helps reduce travel time from Đà Nẵng to Quảng Ngãi to one hour and a half instead of the usual 3 hours using National Highway No1.
Besides helping relieve traffic pressure on National Highway No1, the Đà Nẵng-Quảng Ngãi Highway is also expected to boost socio-economic development of the localities it runs through.
According to the project manager, in August 2017, the Transport Ministry opened the first part of the highway – 65 km from Đà Nẵng to Tam Kỳ City in Quảng Nam Province.
The second part from Tam Kỳ City to Quảng Ngãi Province was completed in July 2018 and by early this week, work was completed and ready for inauguration.
The Transport Ministry on Tuesday asked relevant authorities in Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngãi to assist in the inauguration of the highway on National Day.
The project investor Việt Nam Expressway Corporation announced toll fees for using the highway. The lowest rate was set at VNĐ20,000 per trip for cars with less than 12 seats, trucks with loads of less than two tonnes and public buses. The highest rate was set at VNĐ380,000 per trip for trucks with loads of at least 18 tonnes and 400 feet container trucks. — VNS