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Hoa Binh - Son La Road to become expressway

Released at: 15:00, 05/10/2017

Hoa Binh - Son La Road to become expressway

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PM gives approval to road being added to expressway development plan.

by Tue Lam

The Son La Provincial People’s Committee has recently released Official Letter No. 1313 from the Prime Minister on the addition of the Hoa Binh - Son La Road to Vietnam’s expressway development plan to 2020 and vision towards 2030.

The Hoa Binh - Son La Expressway will have a total length of 189.5 km and total investment of about VND50.27 trillion ($2.21 billion) in the public-private partnership (PPP) form.

It is expected to shorten the time to travel from northern Son La province to Hanoi to two and a half hours from the current six hours.

The investment process is divided into two phases. The first is completing the Hoa Binh - Moc Chau section before 2020, while the second is the Moc Chau - Son La section, on which construction is expected to begin after 2020.

The provincial people’s committees of Hoa Binh and Son La have a written agreement on the direction, scale, and technical standards of the expressway.

It will connect Son La province’s external transport network with Hoa Binh province and Hanoi, creating an expressway axis linking the northwest region with the northern key economic region and connecting to the northeastern border crossing and Lach Huyen international seaport.

The expressway will contribute to the socioeconomic development of localities in Hoa Binh and Son La provinces, thus facilitating economic development in the northern mountainous region.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also recently approved a plan to build the first phase of the North-South Expressway, which is 684 km in length, before 2022, according to the Office of the Government.

The Prime Minister has agreed with Plan No. 1 from the Minister of Transport, which will build 684 km of the 1,372-km expressway linking Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City through 20 cities and provinces.

The first phase has total investment capital of VND140 trillion ($6.16 billion), with State budget funding of VND55 trillion ($2.42 billion) for site clearance and resettlement and the remainder being private capital.

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