Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked the Ministry of Transport and relevant agencies to manage and disburse investment to accelerate the construction of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai national highway.

Inspecting the construction site in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai on November 3, he also asked the Vietnam Expressway Investment Corporation to join hands with the localities to address difficulties during the construction so that the highway will technically open to traffic in April 2014.

Contractors must meet all technical requirements, he added.

The Noi Bai-Lao Cai expressway, the construction of which was started in 2009, has a total length of nearly 265km and an investment capital of over 1 billion USD. It links Hanoi and the northern border province of Lao Cai.-VNA