A section of the new National Highway 3, linking the capital city of Hanoi and the northern province of Thai Nguyen was put into temporary use on July 13.

A ceremony marking the opening of the section took place in Thai Nguyen’s Thuan Thanh district. It was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.

The national highway is the first Japanese-funded project to open to traffic. The 63.8 km road will connect the capital city with the northern province of Thai Nguyen via Bac Ninh province.

It costs over 10 trillion VND, with more than 6.6 trillion VND coming from Japan’s official development assistance.

Addressing the event, Deputy PM Hai said the new section of road will ease the highway’s traffic overload while contributing to the socio-economic development of northern provinces, particularly Thai Nguyen.

He asked the Transport Ministry to accelerate the implementation of the project, which is currently only half-finished, to ensure the work is completed and the road operational by the end of this year.-VNA