Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Provincial highway No. 35, connecting Hà Nội’ Sóc Sơn and Mê Linh districts, has been seriously damaged due to the burden of hundreds of heavy trucks travelling day and night, reported online newspaper Tin Tức.
The trucks used the highway to avoid a BOT (build-operate-transfer) toll collection station on a nearby highway.
The road surface was terribly damaged and scattered with big pot holes, causing a high risk of traffic accidents, the paper said.
Nguyễn Văn Tân, a resident of Chi Đông Town of Mê Linh District, said: “The road becomes muddy and slushy on rainy days and dusty on sunny days.”
“There were many accidents that happened on the road. Cars and motorbikes were upturned by potholes on the roads,” Tân said. “The road was damaged for long time but not repaired.”
Meanwhile, Lê Trâm Anh, a worker at Quang Minh Industrial Zone in Mê Linh District, said that the highway was a short road, but still bore hundreds of pot holes, which caused danger for people, especially for students in Chi Đông Town who use the road every day.
The paper found that trucks travelling from Chi Đông Town to Thái Nguyên Province used the provincial highway No.35 to avoid a toll collection station on Thăng Long-Nội Bài National Highway.
Truck drivers who travelled to Vĩnh Phúc Province also used the provincial road to skip a toll collection station on the National Highway 2 in Phúc Yên Township.
The local people had asked the authorities to repair the road several times but got no response.
The jammed, dusty and muddy road was hurting their lives everyday. — VNS