PSNews - The Ministry of Transport on January 12 held an inauguration ceremony to officially put into exploitation the Lo Te – Rach Soi expressway running from Van Cong Bridge in Can Tho City to Kien Giang Province’s Rach Gia City.
|The opening ceremony of the Lo Te – Rach Soi expressway.
As reported, the expressway is part of the western section of North-South expressway with its length of over 51 kilometers, a width of 17 meters and four lanes for vehicles with a design speed of 100 kilometers per hour.
The project had total investment capital of more than VND6,300 billion (US$272 million), including more than VND4,500 billion (US$194 million) from RoK's loan and the rest ones from state counterpart fund.
After coming into the operation, the Lo Te - Rach Soi expressway will contribute to reducing vehicle traffic volume and accidents on the National Highway No.80, and help to shorten travel duration from Can Tho City to Kien Giang Province from over 1 hour 30 minutes to about 50 minutes.
The automobiles are allowed to travel on Lo Te – Rach Soi expressway with maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. Meanwhile, motorbikes and rudimentary means of transport will travel in parallel lines on the current National Highway No.80.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Transport Mr. Nguyen Van The stated that this would not only be a very important project, connecting with the economic hubs of the Mekong Delta but also open a new road linking Ho Chi Minh City with the southwestern provinces, thereby playing an important role for the promotion of socio-economic development, ensuring national security and defense of the region.
In particular, the project success also demonstrates the friendship between Vietnam and the RoK.
The project, being put into operation at the start of the new year, has an important meaning for the delta, as it will enable transport service providers to map out plans for carrying passengers and goods during the upcoming Lunar New Year as well as offer local residents in the provinces of An Giang and Kien Giang convenience while traveling during the holiday, said the ministry.
In the long run, the road will connect with the eastern part of the delta, forming a second route running parallel with National Highway 1 and helping promote the socioeconomic growth of localities through which the road passes.
By Linh Bui