Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam pressed button to start upgrade work on 45km session of the National Road 1A from Hanoi to Bac Giang Province on February 22.

Addressing the launching ceremony, Deputy PM Dam noted the importance of advanced technologies to the quality as well as progress of the project. He also urged the local authorities to pay full attention to the rights of local residents while implementing ground clearance and resettlement work.

According to the Transportation Ministry, the road with an investment of 4.2 trillion VND (197.4 million USD) will be constructed under the BOT (build-operate-transfer) model. It is expected to be complete in June, 2016.

The expressway will be 45.8 kilometer and have a speed limit of 100 km per hour. It starts at the crossroad of National Road 31 in Bac Giang and ends at the Phu Dong Old toll station in Hanoi .

Under the project, the part from the intersection of National Road 31 to Nhu Nguyet bridge passing Cau bridge that connects Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces, will be expanded into six lanes with a width of 33 m.

It will take some 19 years and eight months for the project to recover its investment capital, according to the Ministry of Transport.

The project will help reduce accidents and congestion, contributing to the socio-economic development of Hanoi as well as Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces.

National Highway (Hanoi-Bac Giang) was put into operation in 2001. The road, which has seriously deteriorated, was often heavily congested.-VNA