Construction of a new stretch of the Da Nang-Quang Ngai highway began in the central city of Da Nang on March 8.

The road is estimated to cost more than 2 trillion VND (94 million USD) funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The 8km section starts from Hoa Vang district in the central city of Da Nang. It will run through National Highway 14B and over seven bridges. The latest work follows the first phase of the project, which began in November last year.

As part of the North-South expressway project, the 1.47 billion USD Da Nang – Quang Ngai highway will be nearly 140km in length with four lanes. Its construction is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Once completed and operational, the highway will help effectively promote socio-economic development in the central region, particularly in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces.

It is also expected to facilitate international transport from the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia economic triangle area through the East -West Corridor to ports in the central area of Vietnam.-VNA