National Highway 19 badly damaged after one-year opening to traffic

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The newly-completed National Highway 19 connecting National Highway 1A and Quy Nhon Port in Binh Dinh Province has been repaired after opening to traffic for one year as the road surface is cracked, potholes occur and gravel driveway is sloughed.
National Highway 19 badly damaged after one-year opening to traffic ảnh 1 The newly-completed National Highway 19 has just been opened to traffic with cracks, potholes and sloughed gravel driveway (Photo: SGGP)
According to Sai Gon Giai Phong (SGGP) Newspaper’s reporters, the situation has gotten more serious along the stretch across Tuy Phuoc District’s Phuoc Loc Commune in Binh Dinh Province since mid- March. 

Sharing with SGGP Newspaper, Vice Director of the Transport Project Management Board of Binh Dinh Province Mr. Luu Nhat Phong said that the above damaged locations are confirmed in the construction bidding package of Phuc Loc Group and Yen Tung Company. The main reason has not been identified yet; however, it is possible that the road surface is corroded by acid when the torrential rains fall in addition to vehicle overloading.

The upgrading and expansion project of National Highway 19 has been built and opened to traffic for nearly a year. Currently, relevant units are completing procedures to submit the project to the Ministry of Transport for evaluation and hand-over before the highway officially comes into operation in the second quarter of 2021 as scheduled.

Amid the incident, the Transport Project Management Board asked the contractors to seek many solutions to absolutely repair the damage. Afterwards reports will be sent to the Ministry of Transport for appraisal, added Mr. Phong.

The National Highway 19 project had a total investment capital of more than VND4,410 billion (US$191 million). 

The 17.42- kilometer upgrading and expansion project of National Highway 19 was started construction in 2012, with a total initial construction investment capital of more than VND5,200 billion (US$225 million). After a delay period, the project was restarted with investment capital reduced to VND4,410 billion (US$191 million) including VND3,087 billion (US$134 million) from the central budget and VND1,323 billion (US$57.2 million) from the provincial budget.

The Transport Project Management Board of Binh Dinh Province is the main investor of the upgrading and expansion project of National Highway 19. 

By Ngoc Oai- Translated by Huyen Huong

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