The Hanoitimes - The Ha Long – Hai Phong expressway helps cut the distance between Hanoi and Ha Long from 180km to 130km and the Ha Long – Hai Phong route from 75km to 25km.
The Ha Long - Hai Phong Expressway officially came into operation on September 1 after almost four years of construction.
The event saw the attendance of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and other leaders from ministries and branches.
At the event. Photo: VGP
Total length of the whole route is 25.2km, comprised of two projects with a total investment of VND13,693 billion (US$557 million). The road linking Ha Long city with Bach Dang bridge cost VND7,277 billion (US$313 million).
The road project linking Ha Long city with Bach Dang bridge is invested with budget capital with the investment scale of building a new 19.8km highway.
The Ha Long – Hai Phong expressway connects Highway 18 in Ha Long City’s Dai Yen ward with the Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway in Hai Phong City’s Hai An district. The project cuts the distance between Hanoi and Ha Long from 180km to 130km and the Ha Long – Hai Phong route from 75km to 25km, shorten the time to travel from Hanoi to Ha Long from 3.5 hours to 2.5 hours.
Drivers will not have to pay toll fees as the project was funded by state budget, but they will have to pay a bridge fee as it was constructed under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that the Ha Long-Hai Phong expressway plays an important role in completing the connection linking the northern economic region.
The Ha Long - Hai Phong expressway
This is the first "made in Vietnam" bridge, which confirms Vietnam’s self-reliance, self-construction, technology mastering, the PM said.
The route is not only a mark of history, beginning to develop transport infrastructure in Quang Ninh but also a great significance in solving the difficult problem of transport infrastructure of the province, Chairman of the Quang Ninh People's Committee Nguyen Duc Long .
It is also an important push for Quang Ninh to keep calling for and mobilizing large investment resources to develop the province in a fast and sustainable way, Long stressed.