525 from the past to present




Last May, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Board of 67 Heroes, we witnessed the intimate and touching reunion of those who were once soldiers and brave men on the transportation front. used to “cut along Truong Son”. Also in that solemn ceremony, people heard many mentions of hometown names, place names, key names: crab A, Ta Le underground, Phu La Nhich pass and the following: Team Bridge 10, Team Youth volunteering 25; Heroes Nguyen Phong Luu, Dinh Thi Thu Hiep…


A time of fierce war, a glorious time that has passed nearly half a century suddenly rushed back to my memory, not only from the pages of the book “40 years of construction and growth” of the Construction Corporation. Traffic 5 was printed solemnly and the reports and speeches at the conference were touched by the touching meeting of those who created miracles and feats. During the solemn ceremony honoring that past, I heard many people mentioning the road 20 Quyet Thang project with the shock soldiers “Breaking through Truong Son, paving the way for profit”

I traced the history of the legendary road like a blood-red javelin inching southward, fueling the long-term resistance war, the area that Ban 67 defended was really crucial. The only route across Vietnam at that time – National Highway 1A – was smashed into hundreds of thousands of pieces by the US air force and gunboats at this time. Bridges, ferries, underground, whatever can be dumped into the bomb crater to form a road for vehicles to the railway line has been utilized to the fullest extent. Bombs are still pouring down endlessly; incremental losses; All roads to battle were mainly focused on the “death door” of western Quang Binh, crossing Truong Son to find a way to the South.

From Ba Don town, Highway 12A turns to the west, crossing Truong Son at Mu Da pass to Laos. The French built this road in the 19th century, so it is very modest in terms of scale: the road is narrow, the bridge is weak, through many steep slopes in a monolithic position, simple paving, sketchy and with a length for motor vehicles. also only to Khe Ve. Another route was for carrying bags from the south of Le Thuy district (Quang Binh), through Ho village and then thrust into the enemy’s armpits north of Route 9. From the early days of the war of sabotage, the American enemy discovered two routes. this main road and they used all means to control and prevent. All bridges, underground, steep passes will become key points. All the way from Heaven’s Gate to Cha Lo, Mu Da pass, Lang Khang pass… the fight of our army and people with the US Air Force became more and more fierce and the immortal chant “Let’s aim at the enemy and shoot” of Heroic martyr Nguyen Viet Xuan resonated with the western mountains and forests from the early days of fighting with the American enemy to keep this arterial road.

Weaknesses of Road 12A gradually revealed in the eyes of American strategists: exposed themselves between rocky slopes, many craggy cliffs, many steep but sharp slopes with winding curves, many sleeves; In the dry season, the trees are bare, in the rainy season the roads are muddy and flooded… a bomb that falls even if it doesn’t hit the road surface can also cause the mountains to roll. So they focus on raiding with a dense density. In April 1966, the US brought the “Flying Fortress” B52 to drop carpet bombs to destroy the road, destroy life, destroy our will.

On June 30, 1965, the Standing Committee of the Government Council issued Directive 110/CP: “Wartime transportation work is the urgent central work of the entire Party, army and people, in which the transport force is the core. core. Its noble political and strategic task is to move the goods forward, ensuring the completion of the plan of reinforcement for the great front in any situation…” Motto: “ The enemy destroys us and corrects us. The enemy breaks it, we fix it again” was proposed by the transport sector as a summons; as command.

To avoid injury to soldiers, vehicles and goods; In order not only to maintain but also to develop a lot of capacity to transport supplies for growing and expanding battlefields, it is necessary to have other routes for mechanization to cross the Truong Son through Laos to enter. Male. A bold and drastic plan was outlined by the 559 Line Command and the Ministry of Transport: to break through Truong Son right in the limestone mountains in Phong Nha, through Ba Thang slope, through Lum Bum to Laos to follow the western slope of Truong Son on the front lines.

Secretly, unexpectedly, urgently and effectively, with the close and resolute direction of all levels of the branches, with the iron determination of the army, the TNXP and the synchronous coordination of the locality, only 77 days We have created a sandy road across the Truong Son mountain range with 65 kilometers through the rock formations, through many deep valleys and high passes, and crept under the lush green forests across the majestic Truong Son. The road is named after the boys and girls who are eighteen and twenty years old because the country forgot to build and hold on to keep the road for cars to the railway: “Road 20 Quyet Thang”. One of the first digging units to open this road was Team TNXP 25 with the nickname N25. This same unit, after opening the road to victory, was honored to hold on to ensure traffic on the fire coordinates created by the US Air Force to destroy the road for nearly ten years. Blood and bones, sweat and tears have poured down, so many springs and springs have passed on the A corner, Phu La Nhich pass, Ta Le underground; examples of selfless labor fighting to have the titles of Hero of Labor for the collective unit, Hero of the Armed Forces for individuals. They who lived, fought and won. They are, once and for all, in history books and in the hearts of future generations.

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From the war, the soldiers of the Youth Volunteer Team 25 continued to build roads and bridges with shovels and shovels, the roof of the construction site, and faded work clothes. After decades of hardship in the “transitional” period, they have moved everywhere on the roads of Central Vietnam, many times changed their name, changed their name, sometimes did not work; some people fell due to illness, some people returned to their hometowns to struggle with the consequences of wars and circumstances… But it’s a good thing, nearly half a century has passed, the name “offering” rice” of the heroes of the past has not disappeared but is gradually brightening up with a new generation, a new period: the period of integration and development.

I had the opportunity to travel with the leaders of Cienco 525 to some typical projects they have done or are doing in the central and southern regions. Modern, solid and beautiful bridges like a work of art on Han Giang (Da Nang); on Kien Giang (Quang Binh); on the Bung River, the Tranh River (Ho Chi Minh Road) … bridges outside the obligation to connect the two banks of the river, linking modern roads are decisive for the existence and development of all aspects of society. ; as an affirmation: they – the creative workers on the front of today’s traffic construction – are connecting the heroic past of his father’s generations with the future development of the country.

I have been to the construction site of Hon La Port, Huu Nghi Commercial Area (Quang Binh), the construction site of the South Hau River Road, the Saigon – Trung Luong Expressway… everywhere I see an urgent working atmosphere. and excitement; Everywhere, there are officials and workers equipped with knowledge, consciousness, means and equipment that can undertake tasks with increasing requirements, especially most of them are also very familiar with the past. Hero once fought America’s unit. I also met some partners of 525 – the investors of the works, listening to them talk about this “construction B” with affection, trust and “goods”. Thereby, I read the peace of mind of capital managers, project managers when choosing 525 as a partner.

Once, I went to the west of Dong Hoi City to visit the old Ba Ren war zone, which has returned to the green of prosperity and is reaching for wealth. In the middle of the vast rubber forest in the latex harvesting season of Viet Trung Company and the orchards and timber trees of farming families, I could not decide the way back. Nguyen Thuong Phi from the Quang Binh Institute of Control took me on a short trip by boat across a rather wide and beautiful river: the Dinh River. Sitting on the boat, Phi pointed to a massive bridge crossing the sky not far from the wharf, saying: “In a little while, the other bridge will connect the two economic regions of Dong Hoi – Ba Ren. Only a few hundred meters of water, but for years, motor vehicles have to go around twenty-five kilometers to get to the other side. Dinh river bridge empowers Viet Trung Company and farmers in Ba Ren area to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty and integrate.” That afternoon I met Mr. Long, – Director of Quang Binh Department of Transport, Mr. Long said: Do Although the province is short of capital, the province is still determined to build the Dinh river bridge with the most modern and urgent specifications. Cienco 525 has accepted to spend most of the capital for construction, the remaining 20% ​​of capital is assumed by Viet Trung Rubber Company. Thanks to this cooperation from trust and responsibility, the road connecting Dong Hoi City with Ho Chi Minh Road has had another big and beautiful bridge. Mr. Long also said that Company 525 is a unit with a heroic tradition of building and ensuring traffic control right on the land of Quang Binh during the war against the US. For many years, the unit has been an important partner of Quang Binh, having won many big projects such as Kien Giang Bridge, Hon La Port, Huu Nghi Commercial Area… and all left a good impression, that is, capacity, trust and love of the project owner and local people. Although the headquarters of Company 525 is forever in Da Nang, Quang Binh people still consider this unit as the offspring of the locality, so it is not surprising that many key projects of the province are undertaken by Cienco 525. “We have put our trust in a unit with a heroic tradition, having shed their blood in our homeland, they have deserved that trust. It is a healthy, loyal and responsible cooperation.” Director Long parted me with such a comment.

Hon La Port, a key project for economic development, to welcome the integration of Quang Binh, a cluster of ports that will be the largest in the Central region in the future is also being entrusted to 2 construction units: Truong Thinh Company – one of the most capable enterprises in the province and Cienco 525. Both of these “B”s dare to “bet” tens of billions of dong on this because partly they sympathize with the province’s difficulties, the other part is their belief in the success of the province. Loyalty and mutual understanding. In this project, Company 525 received the construction of 1 main bridge and 1 buffer bridge, the size of the wharf was 10,000 tons with a total estimate of 42 billion. To meet the quality and time requirements (in just 8 months, from February 2007), Company 525 had to invest in purchasing modern equipment for the construction site such as concrete batching plants, excavators, etc. , drilling machines, piling hammers, generators, benz trucks, cranes, air compressors, barges… More than 100 staff and workers stayed at the construction site to work in 3 shifts under the direct management of a Deputy Director The Director of the Company and one member of the Board of Directors is the Chief Executive Officer.

A few months ago, Kien Giang Bridge with an investment of nearly 80 billion VND was inaugurated. The road to hometown of General Vo Nguyen Giap has a new bridge, big, beautiful and majestic. The bridge looks like a giant dragon with a soft and flexible body as if inviting visitors to find the peaceful and prosperous countryside, giving birth to a legendary hero who is extremely close to our army, of our people. That “Dragon” is the product of the wisdom, sweat and passionate love of the people of Quang Binh, the bridge workers of Cienco 525 and the People’s Railway Construction Joint Stock Company. . In that solemn inauguration ceremony, a leader of Quang Binh province thought that 42 years ago, when the 25th TNXP Team and its companions opened Road 20 – Quyet Thang “pierced the Truong Son” in the western part of Quang Binh. General Vo Nguyen Giap said: “Road 20 – Determined to win is a feat, a miracle, a wonder made by the will of soldiers and volunteers for independence and freedom”. How meaningful it is when the most modern and graceful bridge in the General’s hometown was also built by the descendants of the Heroic Youth Volunteer Team 25 that day. It is true that a tiger gives birth to a tiger.

“Adversity dares to tear the waves against the sea” is the image of Company 525 in the process of breaking out from the stalemate, empty-handed, hopeless of a transition to business accounting and fierce competition. However, the Board of Directors of the Company does not recklessly confront the storm in a will-only fashion, but knows that “choosing and breaking the flow” to bring the career of the whole unit to the successful shore is to exist and constantly develop. , is the life, the trust of employees is increasing day by day, the prestige of the Company is increasingly spreading and sustainable… That means the career and tradition of previous generations are increasingly fostered and affirmed. , which means that the insignia of a Hero Unit is not dimmed, but brighter. From the familiar Central region, Company 525 has boldly moved towards new and more remote construction areas such as the northwest of Thanh Hoa with the construction of 4 overpasses in the Ngang River; The main bridges on the South Song Hau route, on the Saigon – Trung Luong expressway and the southernmost tip of the country: Rach Gia, Ca Mau … all have construction marks of the 525 company’s staff and workers with a total construction projects up to several hundred billion dong. Unemployment or earning a drop every month, every day, today or tomorrow has become a thing of the past. With the contracts signed up to this point, the Company can have a working period of up to 3 years. Also thanks to boldness in innovation to diversify industries and thanks to good relationships, CT525 has moved from a unit specializing in bridge and port construction to one step further into the field of real estate. The experimental project of Huu Nghi Residential and Commercial Center Area in Dong Hoi City is a positive beginning. With an area of ​​​​nearly 10,000m2, which can be auctioned (with a value of 50 years) in the center of the city, Company 525 has entered into a joint venture with capable units to build high-rise buildings to trade goods. synthesize and organize entertainment services. This work has solved many jobs for laborers, opened a new business direction and created many mutually beneficial relationships in the trend of integration and development.

At Cienco 525, education on the ethics of drinking water, remembering the source, goes hand in hand with imbuing the process of maturation and fighting of our forebears and the results of today’s construction and sustainable tomorrow. All activities of the unit are closely intertwined from thought to action. Today’s young people are educated, trained, and fostered, everyone knows their past, the origin of their unit, the process of survival and inevitably has to dedicate themselves to their duties and to the cause of life. That is why in all activities from the implementation of production and business plans to social culture and mass activities are linked together. From fostering skills and knowledge for young people to taking care of the elderly, the families and relatives of martyrs, wounded soldiers who have served in the unit are all given due attention. A Cemetery of Martyrs Tho Loc in Bo Trach (Quang Binh) in which 164 comrades and teammates of 525 were cared for with constant spiritual affection; a house of gratitude with the profit collected to build; a play, a dance that recreates the time when blood bombs and bullets dyed the Truong Son mud red, the 18-year-old expats clinging to the road for cars to go to war… It is the enthusiasm from the tradition that flows until now and In the future, there will be a Labor Hero Youth Volunteer Team 25 that was named 35 years ago  and Civil Engineering Construction JSC no.525 will firmly step up to proudly receive the First-class Labor Medal of the State today. They are not “begging in the past”, on the contrary, they are brightening up the old tradition of “Sewing along Truong Son to save the country / But exposing the heart to the future”.