Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 19 gave order to start
the construction of a highway connecting Da Nang and Quang Ngai, one of
the nation’s key projects to facilitate socio-economic development in
the central region.
Speaking at the event, the
Deputy PM stressed that the highway is of significance as it will also
links provinces in the area of the East-West Economic Corridor,
contributing to enhancing connectivity in the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia
economic triangle area.
In addition, the road will
help ensure transport as well as the delivery of aid during the rainy
season, in the context that the central region is one of the areas most
vulnerable to flood in the country.
Phuc also took
this occasion to thank the World Bank and the Japanese government for
their financial assistance to infrastructure development in Vietnam .
Scheduled to be completed by 2017, the 139.52 km
highway is designed to have four lanes for traffic and two lanes for
emergency. Along the route there will be 102 bridges with a total length
of 8,966m, and a 540-m tunnel.
The project has a
total investment of nearly 1.5 billion USD, of which 673 million USD is
sourced by Japan’s Official Development Assistance, 631 million USD
comes from the World Bank and the rest by the Vietnamese government.-VNA