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Transport Ministry urges work on rest areas on North-South Expy

By N. Tan

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HCMC – The Ministry of Transport has called upon relevant authorities to finalize paperwork for eight rest areas along the eastern North-South Expressway by August 15.

The Vietnam Expressway Corporation and project management boards 2, 6, 7, 85, Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh Road, and My Thuan have been told to expedite the development of rest areas along the cross-country expressway, reported by the Vietnam News Agency.

For the eight projects whose locations and investment scales have received approval, their respective management boards will have to work with consulting units to update technical issues and accelerate the completion of documents for submission to the Ministry of Transport.

Regarding the remaining 18 rest areas that have yet to be approved, the Ministry of Transport has assigned relevant authorities to conduct a comprehensive review of project costs, components, consultant selections, and site clearance. This ensures the effective selection of contractors while staying within the total investment cost limits.

The Ministry of Transport has also authorized the use of provisional funds and existing cost balances for expressway projects, specifically for matters related to the selection of contractors for the rest areas.

The project management boards are required to survey and assess the current status of locations designated for rest area construction, considering the unique circumstances of each location for a comprehensive development plan.

These management boards will have to propose technical requirements that prioritize aesthetics, quality, convenience and exceptional services.

Along the majority of newly opened sections of the North-South Expressway, such as Phan Thiet-Dau Giay (99 km) and Vinh Hao-Phan Thiet (100.8 km), there are no rest areas, leading to many road users stopping along the emergency lanes for rest, which puts road safety at risk.

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