Ho Chi Minh Highway (Photo: VNA)
Gia Lai (VNA) – Five Central Highlands provinces of Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong plan to upgrade their transport infrastructure systems at a cost of more than 115 trillion VND (5.22 billion USD) during the 2016-2020 period.

According to the plan, the localities will continue to upgrade and construct highways and main roads as well as roads linking the provinces and connecting them with the southern central region and important border gates.

The Dau Giay-Lien Khuong highway will be built, together with urban bypass roads for Gia Nghia in Dak Nong, Pleiku in Gia Lai, Buon Ho in Dak Lak and Bao Loc in Lam Dong.

At the same time, more efforts will be made to expand the rural transport system, while a project to build nnd upgrade 468 bridges to meet travel demand of ethnic minority groups will also be sped up.

Meanwhile, local airports, including Buon Ma Thuot and Lien Khuong, will be upgraded, while Pleiku airport will have a new terminal and Kon Tum airport will be constructed.

In the 2010-2015 period, the Central Highlands region mobilised over 60 trillion VND (2.72 billion USD) for road upgrade projects, with a total length of over 1,200km, meeting the region’s socio-economic development demand and ensuring national security and defence.

So far, 3,620km, or 70.62 percent of total district roads in the region have been concreted, together with about 4,224km in communes and 4,657km in villages.

As many as 129 out of a total 600 communes in regional provinces have fulfilled the transport standard in the 19 criteria of a new-style rural area.-VNA