Tan Vu-Lach Huyen project to boost northern region’s economic development

(VOVWORLD) - After being 3 years under construction, the Tan Vu-Lach Huyen highway in Hai Phong city, which includes Vietnam’s longest cross-sea bridge, opened to traffic on National Day, September 2. The project is expected to boost the economic development of the Hanoi, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh.

 Tan Vu-Lach Huyen project to boost northern region’s economic development - ảnh 1 The 5km Tan Vu-Lach Huyen  has a total investment of about 525 million USD. (Photo: Vietnamnet)

The Tan Vu-Lach Huyen highway and bridge project, a key national project, began in 2014, paid for by the Ministry of Transport and jointly undertaken by Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui contractor consortium, Truong Son Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, and Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No4 (CIENCO4).

The 15-km highway has a total investment of about 525 million USD, the majority from Japanese official development assistance. The highway includes the 5.4-kilometer Dinh Vu-Cat Hai cross-sea bridge, the longest cross-sea bridge in Southeast Asia, and is one of the two main components of the Lach Huyen port infrastructure construction project. Lach Huyen is an international gateway port and is set to become the first international transit port in northern Vietnam.

The highway connects in the east of Hai Phong city with Lach Huyen International Port in the island district of Cat Hai and the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway.

When it is completed next year, it will play an important role in the economic development of the north’s key economic region - Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Quang Ninh.

 Tan Vu-Lach Huyen project to boost northern region’s economic development - ảnh 2 The project was approved in October 2010 and began to be built in February 2014.

(Photo: Vietnamnet)

The Tan Vu-Lach Huyen cross-sea bridge has four lanes where cars can travel up to 80kmph.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Do Manh Hung of the Truong Son Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, said: “We have mobilized resources, equipment, and personnel for the project, which has increased economic efficiency, defense and security for the locality.”

The Tan Vu-Lach Huyen highway and bridge are expected to reduce the travel time and risks of ferry and barge, boost Hai Phong’s economic development, attract investors to Dinh Vu Economic Zone, and promote tourism in the UNESCO-recognised Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve and neighboring areas.

Cat Hai islander Chu Nguyen Cay said the locals are glad the bridge has been put into operation.

“I’m a resident of Cat Hai Island. It used to be very hard for people on the island to travel between the city and the island. Thanks to the project, the distance from Cat Hai Island to the center of Hai Phong has been reduced,” said Cay.

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