|The Ho Chi Minh Highway running through the Central Highland province of Dak Lak to the southeast province of Binh Phuoc has officially opened for traffic. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Huy
DAK LAK (VNS) — The Ho Chi Minh Highway running from the Central Highland province of Kon Tum to the southeast province of Binh Phuoc has been opened to traffic at a ceremony in Buon Ma Thuot City.
The completion of the road cuts travel times between the Central Highlands and HCM City and DaNang.
The national highway expansion project aims to reduce traffic accidents and increase the flow of traffic.
The road is expected to facilitate social-economic development as well as ensuring security and defence in the Central Highlands .
The 663km section of the road starts in Dak Zon in Kon Tum Province and ends in Chon Thanh in Binh Phuoc Province.
The 110km section from Dak Zon to Tan Canh in Kon Tum Province was completed in 2007.
Around 134km running through urban areas in the Central Highlands as well as the section from Kon Tum to Pleiku were completed in 2013.
The remaining 419km was completed between 2013 and 2015 with total investment of VND13.1 trillion (US$600 million).
The build-operate-transfer project accounted for VND5.99 trillion (US$275 million), while the rest was sourced from Government bonds. — VNS