Ho Chi Minh City transport authorities are considering a proposal to replace a damaged old arch culvert system underneath a street in District 1 with a circular sewer line to ensure safety. The proposal was made by the city Anti-Flooding Program Operation Center, said Dau An Phuc, head of the road infrastructure management and development division under the city Transport Department. The culvert system, which is underneath Dong Khoi Street, is about 1 km long, the center said, adding that the system was build in 1870 by the French. Many sections of this 145-year-old system have now seriously deteriorated and needs to be replaced for safety reason, the center said.
The system is expected to be replaced with a circular sewer line with diameters ranging from 400 to 1,500 mm, according to the center
Heavy trucks have been banned from travelling on the street from 6 am to 12 am the next day, while light trucks are allowed to use the street out of the rush-hour traffic, Phuc said.