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Man slain on Acapulco highway; 31 dead in 4 days

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

The body of a murdered man was found Monday on the main highway to Acapulco, bringing to 31 the number of people killed in the Pacific resort city over four days.

The unidentified man was shot several times in the head and found under a pedestrian bridge with his shirt pulled over his face, said Fernando Monreal Leyva, director of the investigative police for Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located.

Leyva said federal, state and local police planned to meet Monday with the military to consider ways to beef up security in Acapulco, where 14 decapitated men and two police officers were among the unusually high body count since Friday evening.

Fatigues with an embroidered logo of the La Familia drug cartel is presented to the media along with weaponry, drugs and cars confiscated in an operation in Morelia January 10, 2011

Most of the killings occurred in just a few hours from Friday night to Saturday in non-tourist areas of the city. But the officers were shot to death in front of tourists on Avenida Costero Miguel Aleman, the hotel-lined thoroughfare that runs along the bay.

Drug violence has increased in southern Guerrero state as factions of the Beltran Leyva cartel began fighting for territory after leader Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed by Mexican marines in December 2009.

Messages left with the 14 decapitated men said they were killed by “El Chapo’s People,” a reference to the Sinaloa cartel headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Leyva would not say whether the notes indicated Sinaloa had joined the fight.

The decapitations were the largest single group found in Mexico in recent years. In 2008, a group of 12 decapitated bodies were piled outside the Yucatan state capital of Merida. The same year, nine headless men were discovered in Guerrero’s capital, Chilpancingo.

Among the other Acapulco victims, six people were shot and stuffed into a taxi, their hands and feet bound.

More than 30,000 people have died in drug violence nationwide since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on cartels after taking office in December 2006 by deploying thousands of soldiers and federal police to drug hotspots.

Alejandro Poire, the government spokesman for security issues, said Monday that the increase in violence in Acapulco shows most of the killings in Mexico are a result of turf fights between drug gangs.

“They are vying for a place that, from the point of view of local drug sales, is extremely important,” Poire said.

Also Monday, the mayor of a town in central Mexico was shot to death as he drove with his wife and son, authorities said.

Abraham Ortiz Rosales, mayor of Temoac in Morelos state, was shot once in the head near the town of Jantetelco, said Morelos state Attorney General Pedro Benitez. Benitez said police had not determined a motive.

Ortiz Rosales had been threatened in June by men carrying assault rifles but the motive for that incident was never made public.

Source: SGGP

Chaos leads to cars-only rule for Thang Long Highway

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:08 am

Chaos leads to cars-only rule for Thang Long Highway

QĐND – Saturday, January 01, 2011, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Only cars will be permitted to use the main lanes of the Thang Long Highway from January 8, due to safety reasons.

Road maintenance workers and vehicles can use the road, providing they do not affect traffic. The Transport Ministry has also banned the construction and installation of advertising boards.

The municipal Department of Transport has been instructed to establish a traffic management office for the highway to manage and handle traffic problems.

Guards would be assigned around the clock to ensure traffic order and safety along the road is maintained and to deal with any accidents that may occur, said the department’s deputy chief inspector Hoang Van Manh.

“Those who steal, remove or damage the road or tamper with traffic signals or barriers that threaten traffic safety will be liable to administrative punishment or take legal responsibility depending on the level of the infringement,” he said.

Thang Long Highway, beginning at the intersection of Lang-Hoa Lac Road and Belt Road III and ending at the intersection between Lang-Hoa Lac Road , National Highway No 21 and Ho Chi Minh Road , is the longest dual carriageway in the country at about 30km.

It is 140-170 metres wide with six express lanes and two additional lanes for motorcycles and bicycles.

The highway was opened to traffic on October 3 and traffic violations have been steadily increasing ever since. Motorbikes, self-modified vehicles, and buses are driven in car-only lanes and local residents have been driving against the traffic flow to shorten journey times.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Ha Noi police crackdown on highway traffic drivers

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

My Thuan-Can Tho highway needs over VND 6 trillion

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 1:49 am

Highway to link Can Tho and My Thuan Bridge

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Highway to link Can Tho and My Thuan Bridge

QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Work on the construction of a highway that links Can Tho City to My Thuan Bridge will be started next year, according to the My Thuan Bridge Management Unit.

The unit announced that the Ministry of Transportation has agreed its plan on the pilot policy framework to invest in the construction of the highway, basing on the private – public partnership model (PPP).

The total construction of the highway is of 32.2 kilometres long. Of which the main highway is of 24.5 kilometres long.

The main highway, which is invested with more than VND 6,000 billion, will have six lanes and 12 bridges.

Construction of the project is due to start in 2011 and be completed in 2016.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Bien Hoa-Vung Tau highway in the pipeline

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:07 am

Final bids for Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway get the go-ahead

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Final bids for Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway get the go-ahead

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

The last two out of a total of eight bidding packages for the Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway were handed over to a Korean company on April 6.

The Vietnam Expressway Investment and Development Company (VEC) transferred the packages to Keangnam Enterprises Co., Ltd of the Republic of Korea which is in charge of the project.

The A4 bidding package covers construction work on a 29.74 km highway costing over VND1.6 trillion in the northern province of Phu Tho while the A5 package worth over VND1.9 trillion in the northern province of Yen Bai has a total length of 41.15 km.

Construction work for both packages is scheduled to last 36 months, said Tran Xuan Sanh, VEC’s general director.

The Hanoi-Noi Bai highway project will be built at a total cost of nearly VND20 trillion (roughly US$1.24 billion), of which US$153 million will be funded by the VEC’s government-guaranteed bonds. The remainder will be in loans from the Asian Development Bank.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

An Giang rushing to build detour around collapsed highway

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2010 at 9:06 am

Hundreds of workers, reserve army forces and residents March 24 rushed to evacuate homes that will soon be cleared away to build a detour around the collapsed section of Highway 91 in Binh My Commune, Chau Phu District, An Giang Province.

Site clearance work is carried out March 24 to build a detour around the collapsed section of Highway 91 in An Giang Province (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

The detour will be located 50 meters from the Hau Riverbank, where a 70-meter long section suddenly fell into the river on March 22, and will measure 10 meters wide and 500 meters long.

The province is evacuating 27 households away from the area to clear the site and the Road Management Zone 7 has been assigned to complete the detour within 10 days.

The road section will then be upgraded to meet highway safety standards.

Traffic has been temporarily re-routed to provincial road 941, though it is too narrow to safely accommodate all vehicles.

Thus, until the detour is completed, the provincial People’s Committee has tasked the Road Management Zone 7 and Chau Phu District with building a temporary, 3-meter wide road, which will run parallel to the landslide section at a distance of 300 meters from the riverbank. It will be open for vehicles with fewer than 16 seats to travel through.

The temporary road should be completed by March 26 at the latest, the People’s Committee said.

For safety reasons, all passengers will be asked to disembark from buses when travelling on the temporary road and walk across.

Tran Anh Thu, director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said it will take at least 15 days to modify three eddies in the Hau River, responsible for the highway landslide, with sand bags and stones.

As of March 24, the An Giang Province People’s Committee had spent VND7 billion (US$378,000) for Chau Phu District to evacuate and arrange accommodations for residents.

The Highway 91 landslide has also had a negative impact on An Giang Province’s tourism sector. Over the past few days, several travel companies have been canceling tours to An Giang, said Bui Hong Ha, deputy director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on March 24.

Meanwhile, Phan Phat Dat, deputy director of the duty-free Thien Thien Phu supermarket in the Tinh Bien trade area, said the number of customers has dropped sharply since the incident. In particular, the transport of goods between Ho Chi Minh City and Tinh Bien has been made difficult and costly, said Dat.

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Source: SGGP

Erosion eats away rest of damaged An Giang highway

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Erosion eats away rest of damaged An Giang highway

QĐND – Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 22:22 (GMT+7)

Erosion from a recent landslide that swept away 50m of Highway 91 in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang is now threatening the remaining stretch of the road.

According to Nguyen Thanh Tam from the provincial Department of Transport, the landslide, which occurred in Binh My Commune next to the Hau River , swept 10m off the 11m wide road into the river, followed by sudden erosion early on March 22 morning when the road was empty.

But the damage could be worse than initially thought after several large cracks in the road had put nearby houses at risk of falling into the river, said Cao Van Be from the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Officials swiftly enclosed the eroded part of the road and redirected traffic along other routes in Chau Doc district. Tam said work on a 120m-long temporary bridge have began to replace the eroded section of the road. Local authorities had also started arranging resettlement for households threatened by erosion along the river.

Last month, two landslides occurred in Binh My and Phu An communes that swept away more than 500sq.m of land. Seven landslides in nearby Tien Giang province have also been reported since the beginning of the year.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Last of collapsed Highway 91 section falls into river

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm

The remainder of a 70-meter long section of Highway 91 in An Giang Province, which collapsed into the Hau River on March 22, has now also fallen into the water.

Residents living along Highway 91 in Binh My Commune, Chau Phu District, An Giang Province evacuate their homes after a section of the roadway suddenly fell into the Hau River March 22-23 (Photo: SGGP)

A severe landslide occurred on March 22, narrowing the road’s surface from 11 meters wide earlier, to just one meter. On the afternoon of March 23, the last of the section fell away, forcing all vehicles to travel along other routes to the southwest border of Vietnam.

Officials have fenced off two sides of the damaged road to prevent people and vehicles from traveling through.

Hundreds of people including workers from the Road Management Zone 7 and reserve army forces have been mobilized to help evacuate over 100 households living along 370 meters of the highway and 60 meters inland from where the collapse occurred.

Facing the same situation, resident Bui Trung Tin said that he saved for many years to build a new home, which he lived in for just one year, and was heartbroken to see it being torn down to make room for the new detour road.

All he can do now is waiting for assistance from local authorities, he said.

Nguyen Van Tuoi, deputy chairman of the Chau Phu District People’s Committee said that several measures have been proposed to help the evacuated residents relocate.

Under one proposal, each household would receive compensation for their property and VND40 million (US$2,000) to resettle elsewhere, he said.

A second proposal suggests that authorities help residents move to nearby Binh Thuy Commune or near Cay Duong Market in Binh My Commune, 500 meters from where the landslide occurred.

After clearing the site, officials will meet with residents to choose the best relocation solution.

Vehicles forced to detour

Highway 91 is the main road for travel from HCMC, Can Tho City, Kien Giang and Long Xuyen provinces to the southwest border districts of An Giang like Chau Doc, Tinh Bien and An Phu.

Officials have been directing thousands of vehicles traveling on the highway to Chau Doc District to take alternative routes.

Small vehicles can also take an old route via the Nang Gu Ferry.

Large vehicles have been advised to take provincial road 941, 50 kilometers farther to Chau Doc District than if traveling on Highway 91.

Road 941 is also more dangerous and narrow with many severely downgraded bridges that can only accommodate 8-10 ton vehicles.

Nguyen Thanh Tam, director of An Giang Province’s Department of Transport said that despite the increased risk, his department could do nothing to stop vehicles from traveling on road 941.

To ensure safety, he said the department has mobilized traffic inspectors and police to closely monitor vehicles along the road, especially at weak bridges to prevent overloaded busses and trucks from passing through.

Highway out for 3 days minimum

At a meeting between the An Giang Province People’s Committee, Road Management Zone 7, and relevant authorities on March 23, officials agreed to complete site clearance to open a detour next to the landslide site by March 26.

The Road Management Zone 7 earlier planned to build a 180-meter long iron bridge so that small vehicles could travel through the area.

However, according to a survey by the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, this is not feasible as an additional 400 meters of the riverbank are still in danger of collapsing into the Hau River.

The only suitable measure thus far has been to clear away residents’ homes in the area to re-connect the highway.

According to authorities, the highway section fell away due to land erosion caused by three river eddies, measuring 18-20 meters deep.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has said it will carry out research into preventing the eddies from causing further damage.

Related article:
Mekong Delta highway section collapses into river

Source: SGGP Bookmark & Share