A 13.8 kilometers (8.57 miles) highway costing VND2.5 trillion ($110.3 million that connects Sa Pa to the Noi Bai - Loi Cai Expressway is expected to open next year.
The new highway will allow visitors from the northwest province of Lao Cai, home to popular tourist town Sa Pa, unbridled access to Hanoi, Vietnam’s national capital. More importantly, the highway will help travelers avoid several dangerous turns and reduce the commute from Sapa to Loi Ba by seven kilometers (4.35 miles).
After just a year of construction, the highway’s first phase will open to road users in the first half of 2022. While this feat is highly commendable, it is not without challenges and difficulties. Notably, the highway runs next to a stream which entailed having to change the flow of the stream to aid in its construction. Furthermore, the highway is located amid rocky and mountainous terroir. Last but not least, to prevent flooding during Vietnam’s notorious rainy season, dozens of culverts had to be builts underneath the roads.
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