|The 23.7km stretch goes through Dak To, Dak Ha and Kon Tum City, and has two lanes for motor vehicles and two lanes for non-motorised vehicles. — Photo tuoitre
HCM CITY (VNS) — The Ho Chi Minh Highway (National Road No14) section running through the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Kon Tum was officially opened to traffic yesterday.
The 23.7km stretch goes through Dak To, Dak Ha and Kon Tum City, and has two lanes for motor vehicles and two lanes for non-motorised vehicles.
The State council for Official Acceptance of Construction Works on Friday checked the Ho Chi Minh Highway, which runs from Tan Canh in Kon Tum Province to Chon Thanh in Binh Phuoc Province.
Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung, who is deputy chairman of the council, said construction on the Ho Chi Minh Highway Upgrading and Enlarging Project had been completed a year ahead of schedule, helping to save VND2 trillion (US$93 million) for State coffers.
Construction of the 553-km highway began in 2009 with total investment of VND13 trillion ($596 million).
Nguyen Van Huan, deputy director of the Project Management Unit, said by the end of last year, 133km of the highway had been completed with funds from State bonds.
Investment for the remaining 420km include VND8.032 trillion from State bonds used for construction of a 212-km stretch and VND6.044 trillion under a BOT (Build-Operate Transfer) contract for a 205km section. —VNS