Da Nang - Quang Ngai highway (Source: V​EC)
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has asked the Transport Ministry, investors and contractors to work closely with localities on site clearance to speed up the progress of key transport projects. 

Chairing a meeting of the State Steering Committee for key transport works in Hanoi on August 17, Dung urged the Transport Ministry to promptly complete the north-south highway project and plans for transport investment in the Mekong Delta to report to the PM and submit to the National Assembly.

The ministry was asked to direct investors, management boards and contractors to hasten the construction of the Tan Vu – Lach Huyen road, Da Nang – Quang Ngai highway, Hoa Lac – Hoa Binh highway, Deo Ca tunnel, Long Thanh international airport, Cao Lanh and Vam Cong bridges and component part of the National Highway 14 expansion project.

The Ministry of Construction was told to launch a project to evaluate construction prices to prevent waste. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Planning and Investment was directed to study mid-term capital demand for transport works, including issuing government bonds to projects on building roads linking with the Ho Chi Minh Trail and providing capital for projects using official development assistance.

The Finance Ministry will work with the Transport Ministry to deal with obstacles in capital disbursement.

Dung asked authorities of centrally-run cities and provinces to stabilise sand prices and add the north-south highway and Tan Son Nhat international airport projects to the list of key transport works.

The Transport Ministry reported that there are now 37 key transport works worth nearly 1.09 quadrillion VND (47.39 billion USD), including 23 roads with total investment of roughly 489 trillion VND, 13 of which have been completed.

Seven railway construction projects are ongoing, costing 195.44 trillion VND while four domestic maritime and inland waters projects cost 49.42 trillion VND.

The aviation sector recorded three key projects valued at more than 356 trillion VND, with Phu Quoc airport and Noi Bai international terminal T2 having been completed.

Since early this year, the transport sector opened the Thai Nguyen – Cho Moi highway and a section of the Ho Chi Minh Road from National Highway 2 to Huong Non to traffic, expanding Co Tiet – Trung Ha bridge section as part of the National Highway 32 and a section of the Da Nang – Quang Ngai highway. -VNA