The first two lanes of the last remaining segment of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway, from Binh Minh ward in the bordering northern city of Lao Cai to the Kim Thanh International Border Gate - the gateway to China’s Yunnan province - opened to traffic on May 18.

Construction on the 19-kilometre section began in the the fourth quarter of 2010, and cost over 4 trillion VND (185 million USD).

It comprises of two intersections connecting the expressway with the 4E and 4D national roads, a 700-metre tunnel, and a system of bridges stretching 3.6 kilometres.

The road, with a speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour, will help connect the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway to China’s Kunming-Hekou highway.

It is expected that the last two lanes of the section will be opened to traffic at the end of this year.

The construction of the Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway started in 2009 with a total investment of over 1.2 billion USD. It has a total length of 245 kilometres and links Hanoi and the northern border province of Lao Cai.

As an important project of the Kunming-Lao Cai-Hanoi-Hai Phong road corridor, the highway is a key component of a cooperation programme between Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and China.-VNA