Noi Bai - Lao Cai Highway Project

GMS Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor - Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway Project (hereinafter referred to as the “Project”) is located within the Kunming-Hai Phong transport corridor and is a part of the Cooperation Program between six (06) GMS countries namely, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and China. The Project was approved by Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 14 December 2007. The Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) of the Ministry of Transport (MOT) is the project executing agency.

The Project highway has a total length of 264km, starting at interchange between Bac Thang Long - Noi Bai and National Highway No.2 in the District of Soc Son, Ha Noi City, crossing the provinces of Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai before terminating at Bat Xat District, Lao Cai Province.

The project construction phase is divided into 2 phases:

Phase 1:
Construction of Noi Bai – Yen Bai section with the total length of 121km.
Construction of Yen Bai – Lao Cai section with  2 lanes and the total length of 123km.

Phase 2: Widening of Hanoi – Yen Bai section and Yen Bai – Lao Cai section constructed in phase 1
Widening Noi Bai – Yen Bai section from 4 lanes into 6 lanes.
Widening Yen Bai – Lao Cai section from 2 lanes into 4 lanes.

Construction of the last 20km of the Project highway, connecting Noi Bai – Lao Cai Highway and Kunming – Hekou Highway

The Project highway is designed and constructed according to standard A. At the present, the section from Noi Bai to Yen Bai has 4 lanes, 2 emergency stopping lanes and a design speed of 100km/h, while the section from Yen Bai to Lao Cai has 2 lanes, 2 emergency stopping lanes and a design speed of 80km/h.

The first phase of the Project was commenced in Q3/2008 with the total length of 244km from Hanoi City to Lao Cai City and the highway was officially inaugurated issuing traffic and put into operation on September 21, 2014. The second phase is to be implemented.

This highway is aimed at not only economic-social development and national defense safety in general, but also at population restructure at right side of Red river-the North-Western region in particular, giving momentum for economic restructure of ethnic minority groups.  Furthermore, the Project highway will create a linkage between economic centers, industrial zones, tourism and entertainment centers in the Northern region.

During the project implementation, land acquisition and socio-economic impacts in the project area are unavoidable. These Resettlement and ethnic minority development plans (REMDPs) were all approved and have been implemented for project districts.