First kilometres of Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway put into operation

Wednesday, 2017-08-02 16:42:02
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At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first 65 kilometres of the Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway.
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NDO – The Transport Ministry and the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) conducted a trial run and put into operation the Km0 – Km65 section of the Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway, in Hoa Tien commune, Hoa Vang district, Da Nang city, on August 2.

The expressway project, which is part of the North-South Expressway route, has been embraced in the Vietnam expressway network development plan until 2020, with orientations towards 2030.

With a length of almost 140 kilometres, the expressway runs through three central localities, including Da Nang (eight kilometres), Quang Nam province (92 kilometres) and Quang Ngai province (40 kilometres).

The route is being constructed at total costs of US$1.64 billion, with over US$798 million in loans received from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), over US$590 million financed by the World Bank and the remainder as the Vietnamese Government’s counterpart capital, which serves compensation, land clearance and resettlement work.

The Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway has been designed to meet Class A expressway standards, with the scale of the first phase featuring a width of 24.25 metres, accommodating four lanes and allowing for a maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour.

Addressing the event, the leaders of the Transport Ministry asked the investors and contractors involved in constructing the Km0-Km65 section, to promptly finish their work on other categories in order to put the route into operation with high efficiency and safety.

They also urged for the acceleration of the construction progress, with the aim of putting the entire 140 kilometres of the Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway into operation in the first quarter of 2018.