The La Son-Tuy Loan highway that links the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang is expected to open by the end of this year (Photo: vov.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - The La Son-Tuy Loan highway that links the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang is expected to open by the end of this year as land clearance work has been completed.

The La Son-Tuy Loan Highway project kicked off in December 2013 with investment totalling about 11.5 trillion VND (515.66 million USD).

Construction work stretches 77 kilometres, beginning in La Son Town, Phu Loc district, Thua Thien-Hue province, and ending at the intersection with the Da Nang-Quang Ngai Highway in Tuy Loan Town, Da Nang City.

By the end of last month, land clearance work was completed, making land available for road construction.

Previously, the work was stalled when many families in Thua Thien-Hue province’s Nam Dong district, where the road was designed to run through, refused to move or accept compensation.

Local authorities and the project management board visited protesters to persuade them to move out.

Chairwoman of Nam Dong district People’s Committee Le Thi Thu Huong said that all families living in affected areas agreed to move by March 31.

She asked the project management board to build additional feeder roads, so that local residents can reach their residential areas and fields more easily.

Vice head of the road project management board Nguyen Huu Hung said that the coming dry season would bring good working conditions for constructors to speed up work on the road. He also said that the work could be completed this year and the road opened next year.

La Son-Tuy Loan Highway will form part of Ho Chi Minh Highway which is 3,183km long, and runs through 28 provinces and cities. The highway starts in northern Cao Bang province and ends in the southernmost province of Ca Mau.

The HCM Highway Master Plan was approved by the Prime Minister in 2007.-VNA