Several streets in downtown Ho Chi Minh City are scheduled to close for construction of the city’s metro system.
Starting Saturday, streets around Quach Thi Trang Square, situated in front of Saigon’s iconic Ben Thanh Market in District 1, will be closed in preparation for construction of the city’s metro system.
According to the municipal Department of Transport, Pham Ngu Lao Street will close to traffic between the Yersin and Tran Hung Dao Street intersections. The area will be fenced off and vehicles will be prohibited from entering.
Yersin Street, from Tran Hung Dao to Pham Ngu Lao, will become a one-way road for automobiles only. The recommended motorbike detour for this section is Pham Ngu Lao – Nguyen Thai Hoc – Tran Hung Dao – Yersin.
Yersin Street between Tran Hung Dao and Le Thi Hong Gam will also become a one-way thoroughfare, with the suggested detour route being Yersin – Le Thi Hong Gam – Ky Con – Tran Hung Dao.
Vehicle parking will also be prohibited on Yersin from Le Thi Hong Gam to Tran Hung Dao Streets between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm.
On the segment of Ky Con Street between Tran Hung Dao and Le Thi Hong Gam, cars will be allowed to travel in one direction from Le Thi Hong Gam and parking will be banned between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm.
The suggested alternative route for opposing traffic is Tran Hung Dao – Yersin – Le Thi Hong Gam – Ky Con.
Vehicles will be prohibited from parking on Tran Hung Dao Street between Quach Thi Trang Square to Yersin Street, as well as along the section of Calmette Street from Le Thi Hong Gam and Tran Hung Dao.
The Construction of Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro system, planned to connect Ben Thanh Market with Suoi Tien Amusement Park in District 9, began on April 4, 2014.
Quach Thi Trang Square in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre