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Expansion of two-lane expressways prioritized

By Nguyen Tan

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HCMC – The Ministry of Transport has said it will prioritize expanding five two-lane and four-lane expressways without emergency stopping lanes, or shoulders.

Among the expressways set for expansion to four lanes soon are La Son-Hoa Lien, Hoa Lac-Hoa Binh, Yen Bai-Lao Cai, Thai Nguyen-Cho Moi, and Cam Lo-La Son. The Ministry of Transport will present the plan to the prime minister for approval later this month.

La Son-Hoa Lien has already secured funding, paving the way for construction to begin later this year, with completion expected by early 2026. The responsibility for overseeing the expansion of the Hoa Lac-Hoa Binh expressway falls on Hoa Binh Province.

The Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) is actively exploring options to enlarge a section of the Yen Bai-Lao Cai Expressway. As for the Thai Nguyen-Cho Moi and Cam Lo-La Son expressways, the ministry is urging investors to propose funding sources and investment models in line with the approved plans.

The ministry has also presented investment plans for expanding four-lane expressways without shoulders to authorities, seeking substantial funding allocations.

In light of recent traffic accidents, authorities are conducting a comprehensive review of traffic infrastructure and operations to bolster safety on both two-lane and four-lane expressways without shoulders.

In related news, the Ministry of Transport has finalized the draft of national expressway standards, with plans to unveil these regulations in the first quarter of this year following evaluation by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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