A file photo of vehicles moving through an economic zone near Cau Treo, a border gate between the central province of Ha Tinh and Laos' Bolikhamsai Province. Photo credit: Bao Ha Tinh
The Ministry of Transport has started a feasibility study on a 760-kilometer highway to connect Hanoi and Vientiane, local media reported on Wednesday.
The study conducted by Transport Engineering Design Inc. will help decide whether the route should pass through Nghe An or Ha Tinh, two central provinces that borders Laos, news website Saigon Times Online said.
The transport ministry will meet with its Lao counterpart this month to work on the project, which will help connect capital cities of Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
The highway is one of three transport projects that Vietnamese and Lao governments are working on.
Last month the transport ministry announced its plan to work with Korea International Cooperation Agency to study the feasibility of a 550-kilometer railroad between Ha Tinh's Vung Ang Port and Vientiane.
Together with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam also look to build a passenger bus service that connects Ha Tinh, Khammouan Province in the central region of Laos, and Nakhon Phanom Province in the northeast of Thailand.