The Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway Project (DQEP), being constructed as part of the North-South Expressway, will connect Da Nang and Quang Ngai provinces of Vietnam.

The VND28 trillion ($1.4bn) DQEP received environmental approval in May 2011. Construction started in May 2013 and is expected to be completed by 2017.

The new expressway will shorten the distance and travel time between the provinces of Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai. It will also reduce traffic congestion and increase economic availability in the region.

The Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) will own on behalf of the Ministry of Transport (MOT) Vietnam.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONREs) of Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces are the environmental supervisors and administrators for the project.

Details of the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway project

“The Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) will own on behalf of the Ministry of Transport (MOT) Vietnam.”

The Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway Corridor will be 26m wide and 139.52km long, including 131.5km of asphalt-concrete expressway and an 8.02km link road to the National Highway 1A.

The expressway will start from Hoa Vang District in Danang City and pass through Da Nang, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai, Hoa Phong, Hoa Tien and Hoa Nhon provinces, before ending at the Nghia Ky community of Quang Ngai province.

It will feature six lanes, five cross sections, nine intersections, 107 underground culverts, 492 drainage culverts, 130 bridges, a 540m long two-lane tunnel and four parking yards. The tunnel will be built with an investment of VND1.7 trillion ($83m).

Traffic management on the Vietnamese expressway

The expressway will have a speed limit of 120km/hour. A traffic control centre will be constructed to manage traffic operations and road maintenance services.

Various rest stops, toll collection stations, an Intelligent Transport System (ITS), water drainage systems and a management centre will also be constructed under the project.

Contractors involved with Vietnam’s DQEP project

A joint venture of Korea Expressway Corporation and Dohwa Engineering will provide integrated project review and monitoring consulting services. GrantThornton will provide project financial audit services.

The project design and consultation services will be procured by a consortium of Nippon Koei, Nippon Engineering Consultants, Chodai and Thai Engineering Consultants. Fukken & Minami Consultant will serve as a sub-contractor.

Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No. 4 (CIENCO4) and Thang Long Construction Corporation will manage and implement the construction of the project.

Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway funding

The project is being financed by the World Bank (WB) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“The Da Nang-Quang Ngai Expressway Corridor will be 26m wide and 139.52km long.”

The World Bank will provide $631m through its institutions, the International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

IDA and IBRD will provide $89.9m and $523.6m respectively for the construction of a 65km roadway connecting Danang and Tam Ky in Quang Nam.

The JICA will provide $673m for construction of the 74km long Tam Ky-Quang Ngai section.

The Quang Nam People’s Committee provided VND100bn ($4.8m) for the project in September 2012.

Vietnam’s North-South Expressway project details

The North-South Expressway is a planned expressway, located near National Highway, running from Hanoi to Can Tho. The 1,941km long expressway is being constructed in two sections, Ho Chi Minh to Long Thanh-Dau Giay and Da Nang-Quang Ngai, with an estimated investment of VND 350 trillion ($18.5bn).

The expressway will pass through major routes, including Pháp Vân, Cau Gie, Ninh Bình, Thanh Hóa, Hà Tĩnh, Quang Tri, Đà Nang, Quang Ngãi, Bình Đinh, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Dau Giây, Long Thành, Ben Luc, Trung Luong and My Thuan (Can Tho).

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