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Deputy PM urges expressway repair
The Saigon Times Daily
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Deputy PM urges expressway repair

The Saigon Times Daily

A section of Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, at a meeting to discuss ways of addressing the deterioration of Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway on October 16, asked the Ministry of Transport to coordinate with the Ministry of Construction, the State Appraisal Council for Construction Works and consulting firms to determine the cause of the deterioration and repair the road in the shortest time possible, reported Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.

He also ordered tough penalties for individuals and organizations found responsible for the deterioration of the newly built expressway.

At the meeting, the Ministry of Transport reported that Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway is 131 kilometers long, passing through Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Danang. The project was developed by Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) at a total cost of VND34.5 trillion (US$1.48 billion), which came from G-bond sales and loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the World Bank.

A 65-kilometer section, running from the ancient village of Tuy Loan in Hoa Vang District, Danang City, to Tam Ky City of Quang Nam Province, was opened to traffic in August last year. The whole road was put into operation early last month.

At the end of last month, the road was found to have a lot of potholes.

According to the Ministry of Transport, VEC and the relevant agencies have yet to timely repair the road. The ministry has dispatched working groups to inspect the road and urge VEC to make swift repairs.

Deputy PM Dung noted that the project was crucial for developing the economy, ensuring national defense and security, increasing the competitiveness of the central region, easing traffic on National Highway 1 and reducing traffic accidents.

Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung, vice chairman of the State Appraisal Council for Construction Works, had earlier told the local media that the council was in charge of assessing but not managing the project’s quality. A year ago, the expressway met the quality criteria, and the Ministry of Transport, the project investor and Posco Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd, the project contractor, should take responsibility for the potholes on the road, Hung added.

According to VEC Chairman Mai Tuan Anh, the deteriorating road surface area is only 70 square meters out of the total expressway’s surface area of 3.1 million square meters.

On the same day, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The signed a decision to launch an unannounced inspection into the development, management and exploitation of Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway. The inspection team will be led by Tran Ngoc Bao, deputy chief inspector of the Ministry of Transport.

On October 11, Minister The ordered the suspension of toll collection on Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway, as the road has many potholes despite having been in service for only a short period.

In related news, VEC today, October 17, finished repairing Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway, according to Lao Dong newspaper. The expressway developer had its workers fill in the potholes and flatten the road surface and is waiting for the Ministry of Transport’s appraisal.

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