Cau Gie-Ninh Binh Expressway opens to traffic

The Ministry of Transport on Saturday hosted a ceremony to open a section of the Cau Gie-Ninh Binh Expressway to traffic in Y Yen District in the northern province of Nam Dinh.

The Thanh Xuan-Bac Ho Linh Dam stretch of Belt Road No.3 project in Hanoi opened to traffic on June 30 (Photo: SGGP)

The section opened to traffic is the 30 kilometer stretch from Liem Tuyen Intersection in Ha Nam Province to Highway 10 in the neighboring province of Ninh Binh.

Construction of the six lane Cau Gie-Ninh Binh Expressway was started at the beginning of 2006 with a total capital investment of VND9 trillion (US$429 million).

Fifty kilometers of the entire route, beginning from Highway 1A in Hanoi and ending at Highway 10 in Ninh Binh Province, is expected to open to traffic within this month.

Cau Gie-Ninh Binh is the first expressway in the Red River Delta to connect Hanoi with provinces in the southern parts of the delta.

According to the Transport Ministry, vehicles permitted to ply on the expressway include cars, buses, trucks and 20-40 foot container-lorries. Motorcycles, bicycles, vehicles transporting inflammable material and overloaded or heavy vehicles will not be permitted to travel on the expressway.

Maximum speed allowed on the expressway will be 100km an hour and vehicles will have to pay a toll fee, which will be calculated on basis of distance covered on the expressway route.

On the same day, the Thang Long Project Management Board also hosted a ceremony to open the Thanh Xuan-Bac Ho Linh Dam stretch to traffic. This particular stretch comes under the Belt Road No.3 project in Hanoi.

By Bich Quyen – Translated by Hai Mien

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