The Ho Chi Minh Highway running from the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum to the southeast province of Binh Phuoc opened to regular traffic with a ceremony in Buon Ma Thuot city in Dak Lak province.

The 663-kilometre section of the road begins in Dak Zon in Kon Tum province and ends in Chon Thanh in Binh Phuoc province.

The 110-kilometre section from Dak Zon to Tan Canh in Kon Tum province was completed in 2007.

Around 134 kilometres running through urban areas in the Central Highlands as well as the section from Kon Tum to Pleiku city were completed in 2013.

The remaining 419 kilometres were built from 2013-2015 with a total investment of 13.1 trillion VND (600 million USD). The build-operate-transfer project accounted for 5.99 trillion (275 million USD) and the rest was sourced from Government bonds.

The completion of the road cuts travelling time between the Central Highlands and HCM City and Da Nang city and as a result, facilitates socio-economic development of the Central Highlands.-VNA