|A view of Bạch Đằng Bridge. — VNA/VNS Photo Trung Nguyên|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Bạch Đằng Bridge and Hạ Long-Hải Phòng Expressway opened to traffic on Monday, but without streets lights along most of the route.
Only 300m of the road near the Bạch Đằng toll booth are illuminated at night, meaning vehicles travelling along the 30km expressway connecting Hải Phòng and Quảng Ninh are effectively driving blind.
Vũ Văn Khánh, director of the Quảng Ninh Department of Transport, said that the lighting system had not been completed.
The Hạ Long-Hải Phòng Expressway has a speed limit of 100kmph.
The first part of the highway connects Hạ Long City with Bạch Đằng Bridge and is 19.3km in length. It cost VNĐ6.4 trillion ($278.9 million) from the local budget. The second section is Bạch Đằng Bridge which covers 5.3km. This was constructed under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model with investment of VNĐ7.2 trillion ($316.3 million). The BOT Bạch Đằng Bridge Joint Stock Company is the investor.
A company report claimed that the work had been completed. — VNS