More than 15.6 trillion VND will be invested to build a tunnel route under Ca Pass and Co Ma Pass, linking the two central provinces of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa on the National Highway 1A, the Ministry of Transport announced on November 12.

The tunnel route will be 13.4 km long, with the section under Ca Pass measuring 3.9 km and 500m under the Co Ma pass.

Construction is scheduled to start on November 18 and complete by 2016.

On completion, the tunnel route is expected to reduce traffic accidents on National Highway 1A and contribute to the development of big economic centres, industrial zones and tourism sites in the central region.

It will also attribute to socio-economic and political development and ensure security-defence in the central and Central Highlands region.-VNA