Ho Chi Minh Highway through the Central Highlands and the southeastern province of Binh Phuoc was opened to traffic at an inauguration ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Transport in Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province this morning.
|General Tran Dai Quang (2nd, R) and Minister Dinh La Thang (2nd, L)at the inauguration ceremony in Buon Ma Thuot (Photo: SGGP)|
The highway’s stretch covers a total length of 663 kilometers from Dak Lak to Binh Phuoc with about 134 kilometers passing urban areas.
Of the rest 419 kilometers of the highway, 212 kilometers have been funded with government bonds and over 207 kilometers has been built under BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) form.
Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong said that the highway had been built in the Central Highlands one year before schedule, saving VND2 trillion (US$91.7 million) and shorten one third of travel time from the area to the southern region.
|Ho Chi Minh Highway in Dak Nong province (Photo: SGGP)|
The highway upgrading project plays significant role as backbone route connecting the Central Highlands to Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang city.
Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang displayed the Ministry of Transport, the Central Highlands Steering Board, investors, consultant and supervisory units and contractors for their great efforts and initiatives in the project’s implementation.
He proposed the Transport Ministry to soon study ways and find capital source to upgrade the highway section from Kon Tum province to Da Nang city, which has been built in the first phase of the project but the road face is too narrow at only seven meters. It is unsafe for traffic vehicular because the bendy area comprises many mountain passes and slopes, he said.
On this occasion, the Central Highlands Steering Board gave certificates of merit to five teams and 14 individuals for excellently fulfilling their duties in constructing the Ho Chi Minh Highway. The Ministry of Transport also commended and rewarded eight teams and individuals.
|The Central Highlands Steering Board grants certificates of merit to individuals and teams for their performances in Ho Chi Minh Highway project (Photo: SGGP)|