Two road sections running through the northern provinces of Vinh Phuc and Phu Tho, parts of the Noi Bai – Lao Cai highway, were opened on April 6.

The first 22.12km section, worth nearly 2.3 trillion VND (108.5 million USD), links Vinh Phuc’s Tam Duong, Lap Thach and Song Lo districts and Phu Tho’s Viet Tri city.

The other, stretching 31.64km in Phu Tho province, was built at a cost of some 2.4 trillion VND (113.6 million USD).

The operation of these two segments is expected to ease traffic pressure from Hanoi to provinces further to the north.

The 245km Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway traverses Hanoi and the northern provinces of Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai. Its construction started in 2009 with a total investment of over 1.2 billion USD.

Excluding the new ones, three of the total eight sections have become operational so far.

As an important project in the Kunming-Lao Cai-Hanoi-Hai Phong road corridor, the highway is part of a cooperation programme among six countries in the Mekong Sub-region - Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and China.-VNA