Deo Ngang Tunnel (Source: VNA)

Ha Tinh (VNA) – The Prime Minister has approved the widening of Deo Ngang Tunnel under a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) model.

The transport ministry will be responsible for controlling and implementing the project.

The tunnel opened to traffic in August 2004 and has a speed limit of 60km per hour.

It is 2.76km long and 12m wide, stretching from Km591 550 National Highway 1 in central Ha Tinh province to Km594 339 National Highway 1 central Quang Binh province.

The tunnel is equipped with drainage and water supply systems, lights, ventilators and a managing station.

The tunnel widening project is expected to meet the demand for travel on National Highway 1 through Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces, contributing to socio-economic development, national defence and security in the two provinces as well as the central region.

The investor will use the toll station at Deo Ngang to collect toll to recover its capital.

The project is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2016 and will be ready by the second quarter of 2018.-VNA