Work to upgrade a section of national highway 38 running through the northern provinces of Bac Ninh and Hai Duong started in the former locality on July 6.

The Build-Operate-Transfer project was invested by Vinaconex, Import company and Licogi 16 at a cost of nearly 1.7 trillion VND (80.9 million USD).

Once completed by the second quarter of 2016, the 32.8km road will accommodate four lanes, making it easier to link traffic among industrial parks, seaports and airports in the two provinces.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai asked Bac Ninh and Hai Duong authorities to provide fair compensation for displaced households, so as to ensure that the project meets schedule.-VNA