|A toll station with automatic payment gates on the Hạ Long - Vân Đồn Expressway. – Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
Quảng Ninh – The Hạ Long - Vân Đồn expressway was put into operation yesterday, shortening the travel time from Hà Nội to Vân Đồn to 2.5 hours from four, reported vov.vn.
The expressway will also shorten the travel time between Hạ Long and Vân Đồn to 50 minutes from 90.
The project will connect the economic centres of Hà Nội, Hải Phòng and Quảng Ninh, helping to ease the flow of traffic on National Highway 18.
The expressway will boost the socio-economic development of Quảng Ninh Province, a key economic zone of the northern region.
The 60km, four-lane road was funded by BOT Biên Cương Joint Stock Company with a total investment of about VNĐ12 trillion (US$516 million).
Construction began in September 2015.
The expressway starts at National Highway 18 in the city of Hạ Long’s Đại Yên Ward and ends at the road into Vân Đồn Airport.
Speeds will be limited to 80km per hour and will be raised to 100km per hour after three months of operation.
According to the investor, there will be four toll plazas on the expressway with automatic payment gates.
There will be no toll plaza on the 6km section from Cẩm Hải Bridge in Cẩm Phả to Vân Đồn as that stretch of road was built with State funds. – VNS