The Northern Vietnam National Road Traffic Safety Improvement Project was kicked off today in Thai Nguyen province, about 80 km north of Hanoi.
The Hanoi – Thai Nguyen section is part of a comprehensive traffic safety project covering 4 national roads(national highways 3, 5,10,18) and 10 cities and provinces in the northern area of Vietnam.
The project aims to reduce the number of traffic accidents and to mitigate the damage along the target road. Activities carried within the project include civil works, installation of traffic lights and signals, and improvement of traffic enforcement.
Traffic safety education and awareness to local residents and road users are also one of the activities of this project.
The Northern Vietnam National Road Traffic Safety Improvement Project is carried out with ODA worth 6.557 billion JPY (about $81 million) provided by the Japanese government and scheduled to be completed in five and a half years.
Improving traffic safety has been one of highest priorities for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) support to Vietnam during the past several years.
In parallel to funding for transport infrastructure development, JICA has been closely coordinated with Vietnamese counterparts in initiating and implementing various traffic safety related technical cooperation projects. This is in line with JICA’s vision “Inclusive and Dynamic Development”.