Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has officially launched the construction of three subprojects of the North-to-South expressway.
A ceremony was organized in Ha Long Commune, Ha Trung District, located in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, on Wednesday morning to mark the initiation of the construction.
The three subprojects include Mai Son – National Highway No. 45, Vinh Hao - Phan Thiet, and Phan Thiet - Dau Giay sections.
The Mai Son – National Highway No. 45 subproject stretches 63.37 kilometers from Yen Mo District in the northern province of Ninh Binh to Nong Cong District in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa.
During the first phase, which costs VND12.1 trillion (US$522.6 million), the expressway section will have four lanes with the maximum speed of 80km per hour.
The number of lanes will increase to six and the maximum velocity will reach 120km per hour in the second phase.
The Vinh Hao - Phan Thiet section will be 100.8 kilometers long, stretching from Tuy Phong District to Ham Thuan Nam District in the south-central province of Binh Thuan.
During the first phase, which costs VND10.8 trillion (US$465.8 million), the expressway section will have four lanes where vehicles will be allowed to travel at 80km per hour at most.
The final will have the number of lanes increased to six and maximum speed raised to 120km per hour.
The Phan Thiet - Dau Giay subproject, which will be 99 kilometers long, will connect the Vinh Hao - Phan Thiet section with the Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Expressway.
Costing VND12.5 trillion ($539.2 million), the expressway section is designed to have six lanes and the maximum speed of 120km an hour.
Speaking at the ceremony, PM Phuc stressed the importance of the three subprojects, adding that the National Assembly had agreed to switch the investment model to public in a timely manner to expedite the disbursement of investment capital, increase social welfare, and create jobs.
The premier praised the Ministry of Transport and relevant authorities for their efforts in finishing 93 percent of site clearance for the expressway project.