A 20-km section of the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway was officially inaugurated and opened to the traffic on January 2 by the Viet Nam Expressway Corporation.
|HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway|
The section running from Ring Road II in District 9 to the National Highway 51 in Long Thanh District in the southern province of Dong Nai has a design speed of 120 km per hour with four lanes and two for emergency stops.
The highlight of the project is 2.35 kilometer long Long Thanh Bridge which helps reduce the distance and the travelling time from Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Nai Province and the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
For instance, it shortens the distance from HCM City to Long Thanh from 45km to 22km, the travelling time from one hour to 20 minutes and the HCM City - Vung Tau distance from 120km to 95km and the travelling time around 2.5 hours instead of three hours.
The 55 km HCMC- Long Thanh, Dau Giay expressway project started in October 2009 and costs more than VND20,600 billion (US$978 million).
From January 3, the project management board will collect fee on the expressway.
Only trucks and passenger coaches below 10 tons are allowed to travel on the expressway for the first time and maximum speed of 100 km per hour.
Dinh La Thang, Minister of Transport; HCMC People's Committee deputy chairman Le Thanh Liem and representatives of from concerned agencies participated in the inauguration ceremony.