Dau Giay – Lien Khuong highway (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – More than 8 trillion VND (360 million USD) will be invested to build the first phase of Dau Giay – Tan Phu expressway in the southern province of Dong Nai.

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong has approved the proposal on the first phase of the project under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model as part of the 200 km Dau Giay – Lien Khuong highway.

The Dau Giay-Tan Phu route will be 59.6 km long and 17m wide running through Thong Nhat, Dinh Quan, Xuan Loc and Tan Phu districts in Dong Nai.

It is designed with four lanes and allows vehicles to run at a maximum speed of 80 km per hour.

It will be expanded to 24.7 m wide in the second phase, when the allowed speeds will go up to 100-120 km per hour, with a total investment of over 6.88 trillion VND (309.6 million USD).

After being approved by the Ministry of Transport, the project will start construction in the first quarter of 2017 and be completed in about three years.

The building of the Dau Giay – Tan Phu expressway is significant as it will connect with the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay and Bien Hoa – Ba Ria-Vung Tau highways, thus facilitating transport connectivity between Lam Dong and Dong Nai provinces and HCM City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

It also helps to boost socio-economic development in key economic zones in the south and Central Highlands as well as in economic, social and industrial hubs along National Highway 20 linking Lam Dong to HCM City and southeastern provinces.-VNA