A 9-km overpass which halves travel time between the west and the south of Hanoi opened to traffic on the morning of October 21.

The overpass or Belt 3, the first of its kind and the most modern in Vietnam, includes 385m access roads and a 8.5km road bridge. It has a total investment of nearly 5.6 trillion VND (268 million USD), which are the Japanese official development assistance and the Vietnamese Government’s capital.

Earlier, a segment of the overpass was put into operation on June 30.

The overpass has four lanes for cars running at a maximum speed of 100km/h. This is one of Hanoi’s key routes connecting three main transport axes in the north – Highway 1, Highway 5 and Thang Long Highway. It is expected to help ease congestion in the capital city.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised efforts by workers and officials at the site to complete the project as scheduled. He thanked the Japanese Government and people for their assistance.

“This is Hanoi’s first overpass, which plays an important role in socio-economic development, helps ease congestion and ensure traffic safety for the capital city,”he said.

On this occasion, many collectives and individuals were presented with the Prime Minister’s certificate of merit in recognition of their achievements in implementing the project.-VNA