Tan Vu - Lach Huyen motorway project creates a break-through to northern seaports and to development of tourism for Cat Ba Island
Project to build Tan Vu – Lach Huyen motorway (Hai Phong) representative investor by Project Management unit 2-Ministry of transport creates long and break-through step forward for northern seaports and helps to accelerate Hai Phong economic development as well as regional and global economic exchange.

1.    Location
According to Hai Phong Master Plan, motorway Tan Vu – Lach Huyen is located on an important transport axis from Cat Hai island, through Dinh Vu island, to Hai Phong city. This road also connects Lach Huyen seaport with Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway and with Highway 5.  One end of the road is located at Tan Vu inter-change, which belongs to Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway project; and the other end is just beside the Lach Huyen seaport fence.

Location of Lach Huyen seaport in the Master Plan of seaport networks at Hai Phong – Quang Ninh

2. Scope and design standard
According to the outcome of the research conducted by JICA research group, total length of the motorway is about 16 km, including Hai An path of 4.5km, Cat Hai path of 5.93km and Dinh Vu-Cat Hai bridge over the sea of about 6km long. The paths and bridge all have 6 lanes as Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway has. The whole project will be built for permanent use.

3. Investment objective
The building of Tan Vu – Lach Huyen motorway will serve as driving force to accelerate social economic development of Cat Hai island district, Hai Phong City.
At the same time, the newly built motorway also help to increase attraction to investors; and thus, contribute to development of key economic zone of Northern Delta, and to development of tourism on Cat Ba World Biosphere Reserve and adjacent UNESCO recognized World Natural Heritage area.
The project is also a part of the overall plan to implement strategy to develop “two [transport] corridors, one [economic] belt” agreed by Governments of Vietnam and China.

4. Estimated total investment
Estimated total investment to project is around VND 9,237 billion, from Japanese ODA fund. Big investment would allow to shorten the project implementation. The project is planned to be implemented within 30 month, from December 2011 (bidding and site clearance is now underway) to June 2015 (put to operation).

Some design options for Dinh Vu – Cat Hai bridge over the sea 


Millau Viaduct cable-stayed road bridge of France  

Hongkong – Macau cable-stayed road bridge with two artfully designed main piers

JICA research group and many Vietnamese transport experts advised to use a special and completely unprecedented technology to Vietnam in building the bridge. This is the use of 60m pre-cast girders and PC-Box steel pile structure. Once being successfully applied in Tan Vu – Lach Huyen project, this new building technology could be widely used in other projects that have many over-pass bridges.
Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang and Mr. Arai Izumi – JICA Vice President at JICA Headquarters during official visit to Japan of Vietnamese Government Delegation lead by PM Nguyen Tan Dung  (01 November, 2011).

In the recent meeting on Tan Vu – Lach Huyen motorway project, Deputy Minister of Transport Ngo Thinh Duc shared that the primary objective of the project is to serve international seaport Lach Huyen, which is the first seaport project that experimentally apply the public-private partnership (PPP) model jointly by Vietnamese and Japanese Governments. At present, authorized agencies are intensively working on criteria to implement the project. Therefore, the building of Tan Vu – Lach Huyen motorway and bridge has great importance. They not only create a break-through push to the building of Lach Huyen seaport, but also open new development opportunity for almost all seaports of the northern Vietnam. In the coming time, Ministry of Transport will speed up the project approval procedures to set final site clearance limits, and, after that, apply for the Government decision on site clearance mechanism and budget for the project implementation to start soon.
This project, and Hai Phong International Seaport Project invested by Vinalines, are together considered as “two projects, two happiness” that mark a big step forward in opening new opportunities for economic development of the North of Vietnam as well as of the whole country.

 (Source: Summary of articles from official website of Ministry of Transportation and from websites http://hoaphuongdo.vn; http://dpiquangtri.gov.vn; http://kinhtevadubao.vn.)
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