|A part of National Road 19 that opened for use yesterday connecting Gia Lai Province and Binh Dinh Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Thong
HA NOI (VNS) — National Road 19 from the Central Highlands Province of Gia Lai to the central province of Binh Dinh was opened for use yesterday.
Colonel Nguyen Dang Giap, general director of Company 36 under the Ministry of Defence, said that National Road 19 was upgraded through the build-operate-transfer model.
Construction on the highway, which is 56.7km in length, started in 2013.
Total investment in the project was VND2 trillion (US$88.8 million).
A tollbooth is scheduled to be operated on the road within 22 years.
Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong said that the road's inauguration was important as it connected the Central Highlands area with central southern provinces and brought agricultural products from the Central Highlands area to the sea port in Quy Nhon City.
Dong asked the provinces and investors to effectively manage and use the road and ensure its longevity. — VNS