Damaged sections on National Highway 5 need faster repairs: Transport minister

THURSDAY, 15/08/2019 07:03:40

Ministry of Transport (MoT) has asked the Viet Nam Infrastructure Development and Finance Investment Joint Stock Company (VIDIFI) to urgently repair severely damaged sections of National Highway 5.

Secretary ​of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Manh Hien addresses the meeting

Toll collection on the road will be suspended if the company is slow in repairing, Transport Minister Nguyen Van The said at a meeting on Tuesday with Hai Duong provincial authorities.

National Highway No 5, connecting Ha Noi to the northeastern port city of Hai Phong, runs through two provinces Hung Yen and Hai Duong.

The minister requested the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam (DRVN) to instruct VIDIFI to use all resources to repair the road and signals, speed bumps as well as road reflector systems.

The company must closely coordinate with the ministry’s units and local authorities to find finances to install necessary equipment to ensure safety in densely populated areas, he said.

Transport Minister Nguyen Van The concludes the meeting
Speaking at the meeting, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Manh Hien said the protracted repairs have greatly affected local economic development.

The ministry needed to tighten management and supervision of VIDIFI's repair work to ensure safety for road users, he said.

The province also proposed the transport ministry instruct Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) investors to perform management and maintenance work in a timely manner.

Mr. Nguyen Manh Hien said the province also wanted to improve traffic safety, such as replacing the median strip with concrete, reflective panels, anti-glare plates, as well as to build more overpasses.

It needs to clarify the responsibilities of the Ministry of Transport, VIDIFI, and local authorities in regards to the many encroachments of traffic safety corridors, he noted.

Transport Minister Nguyen Van The and Hai Duong provincial leaders check the road in the west of Hai Duong city. Photos: Hai Duong Newspaper

Regarding the requests from Hai Duong's authorities, The asked the transport departments and DRVN to review legal documents to make appropriate amendments and submit to the Government and the National Assembly.

He also asked the General Department of Roads to install speed-limit signs on National Highway 5 and calculate a fee reduction to attract trucks to travel on the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Expressway.

It was also told to research building intersections on the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Expressway to create favourable conditions for people and enterprises to transport goods.

According to Le Quy Tiep, Director of the Hai Duong Transport Department, the province has recorded 141 traffic accidents so far this year.

The accidents left 126 dead and 62 injured from the beginning of this year to July 20.



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