Quang Ninh to carry out three key transport projects in 2018 hinh anh 1Van Don international airport under construction (Source: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) - The northern province of Quang Ninh will carry out two key transport projects -the Van Don – Mong Cai Highway and Ha Long – Cam Pha coastal road, while studying the construction of an undersea tunnel through Cua Luc bay (the gateway to Ha Long Bay) in 2018.

The Van Don – Mong Cai highway project’s feasibility study report was just approved in February. Investor selection is underway to ensure the project can be launched in the third quarter and completed by 2020.

The 80.2km-long Van Don – Mong Cai Highway with four lanes for vehicles will be carried out under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) form with a total investment of nearly 11.2 trillion VND (492.58 million USD). Fees will be collected for 20 years on the highway.

Meanwhile, the 27 km-long coastal road linking Ha Long - Cam Pha will be implemented under the build-transfer (BT) form, with a total investment of 5.6 trillion VND (246.4 million USD).

Construction of the Vingroup-invested project will begin by the end of June. Once completed, the road is expected to help ease traffic on National Highway 18A section running through Cam Pha city, while forming a modern and comprehensive transport network connecting urban areas in the province.

The 1.3km-long undersea tunnel project in Ha Long city is estimated to cost 7.875 trillion VND (346.5 million USD).

The provincial Department of Transport will set up a management board of the project. Public opinions will be collected after a feasibility study report is completed. Once approved by the Prime Minister, the project will be commenced in 2019.

The implementation schedules of the three projects will be reviewed at weekly meeting of the provincial People’s Committee, said Vu Van Hop, chief of the committee’s office.

Together with other local transport projects, including the Hai Phong – Ha Long, Ha Long – Van Don highways, upgrades to National Highway 18, and Van Don international airport, the three key projects are hoped to improve the province’s transport infrastructure system, thus contributing to local socio-economic development and promoting local tourism and border- and marine-economic potential .-VNA