Expressway through Vietnam national park poised to open

By Vo Thanh   May 3, 2020 | 01:00 pm GMT+7

The La Son - Tuy Loan Expressway through the Bach Ma National Park in central Vietnam will be completed by June. 

Construction of the expressway between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City began in 2015, and it is getting its finishing touches.

Construction of the expressway between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City began in 2015, and it is getting its finishing touches.

One end of the expresswayis at the La Son Intersection in Loc Son Commune, Thua Thien-Hue. The other end is at Tuy Loan Village of Hoa Vang District, Da Nang.The expressway, which spans 77 km and has four lanes, costs around VND11.5 trillion ($500.8 million) and was expected to be completed in 2018. However, due to planning problems and unfavorable weather conditions, the work was delayed.

It runs between the La Son Intersection in Loc Son Commune, Huong Thuy District or Thua Thien-Hue and Tuy Loan Village in Da Nang’s Hoa Vang District.

The 77-km four-lane expressway cost around VND11.5 trillion ($501 million) and was originally scheduled for completion in 2018. It was delayed due to land acquisition problems and unfavorable weather.

An overpass hovers above a valley at the Bach Ma National Park. The expressway has 36 overpasses in total.

An overpass in a ravine in the Bach Ma National Park. The expressway has 36 overpasses.

An expressway section running through Nam Dong District of Phu Loc District in Thua Thien-Hue is basically completed.

The section in Nam Dong and Phu Loc Districts in Thua Thien-Hue is more or less completed.

Due to heavy rains, some tali at the Bach Ma National Park areas have been eroded. They would be repaired and re-fortified by contractors following Vietnams Reunification Day and Labor Day holiday.

Due to heavy rains, portions of an embankment at the Bach Ma National Park have been eroded. They will be repaired following the long Reunification Day and Labor Day holiday weekend.

Over 11 km of the expressway traverse through the Bach Ma National Park. Several mountainous areas and trees have been bulldozed for the expressways construction.

Over 11 km of the expressway traverses through the national park requiring mountainous areas and trees to be bulldozed for the construction.

The Bach Ma National Park, which spreads over more than 37,000 hectares and rises 1,450 meters above sea level at its highest point, was established in 1991. Rich in biodiversity, the park attracts trekkers who walk through forests, waterfalls and lakes.

A road leading into the Mui Trau Tunnel is located on the expressway. The tunnel section is expected to have its design and technical details evaluated by the Fire and Rescue Police Department this June as requested by the HCMC Road Management Committee.

A view of the Mui Trau Tunnel. It is expected to have its design and technical details assessed by the Fire and Rescue Police Department in June.

Warning signs have already been erected on the expressway, said Nguyen Minh Khanh, deputy head of the Project Management Division 4 of the HCMC Road Management Committee.If the reparation of the expressways eroded sections went smoothly, its section from Km 0 to Km 66 could undergo trial open this June, he added.

Signs have already been put up on the expressway, Nguyen Minh Khanh, deputy head of the HCMC Road Management Committee’s Project Management Division 4, the builder, said.

If repairs to the expressway's eroded sections go without a hitch, the expressway could undergo trials in June, he added. 

 
 
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