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Ha Long-Van Don expressway opens to traffic

A toll station with automatic payment gates on the Ha Long - Van Don Expressway. Photo:
The Ha Long - Van Don expressway was put into operation on February 1, shortening the travel time from the capital city of Hanoi to Van Don to 2.5 hours from four.

The expressway will also shorten the travel time between Ha Long and Van Don to 50 minutes from 90.

The project will connect the economic centres of Hanoi, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh, helping to ease the flow of traffic on National Highway 18.

The expressway will boost the socio-economic development of northeastern Quang Ninh province, a key economic zone of the northern region.

The 60km, four-lane road was funded by BOT Bien Cuong Joint Stock Company with a total investment of about 12 trillion VND (516.6 million USD). Construction of the expressway began in September 2015.

The expressway starts at National Highway 18 in the city of Ha Long’s Dai Yen ưard and ends at the road into Van Don Airport.

Speeds will be limited to 80km per hour and will be raised to 100km per hour after three months of operation.

According to the investor, there will be four toll plazas on the expressway with automatic payment gates.

There will be no toll plaza on the 6km section from Cam Hai bridge in Cam Pha to Van Don as that stretch of road was built with State funds.