Construction will commence next week on two overpasses, estimated to cost over US$33 million, near Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City to combat traffic congestion around the overloaded airport.
The first overpass will be built over the Truong Son – Tan Son Nhat – Binh Loi – Outer Ring Road intersection, allowing traffic on Truong Son Street direct access to the airport’s domestic and international terminals.
The Y-shaped overpass will have a clearance height of 4.75 meters, with the main branch running 303.8 meters from Truong Son Street to the international terminal and a secondary, 153.8-meter branch leading to the domestic one.
Its construction is estimated to cost VND242 billion ($10.8 million), according to Nguyen Vinh Ninh, head of the project’s developer Ho Chi Minh City Urban Traffic Management Zone 1.
A model in perspective of the future overpass at the Truong Son – Tan Son Nhat – Binh Loi – Outer Ring Road intersection near Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City
The second overpass will be constructed at the Nguyen Kiem – Nguyen Thai Son roundabout in Go Vap and Phu Nhuan Districts.
As this overpass will be built on parts of a nearby park and hospital, roads will not be blocked during construction, according to Ho Chi Minh City Urban Traffic Management Zone 3, the developer of the project.
The N-shaped overpass will include three sections connecting Nguyen Kiem, Nguyen Thai Son and Hoang Minh Giam Streets, at a cost of VND504 billion ($22.5 million).
Construction works will commence on Wednesday next week following an urgent directive by the Vietnamese prime minister.
The entrance to Tan Son Nhat has been wrestling with congestion, with severe traffic jams reported on multiple streets near the airdrome in recent years as the number of air travelers has far surpassed the airport’s capacity.
The airport handled a total of 32 million passengers in 2016, exceeding the venue’s capacity of 25 million passengers per annum.
A model in perspective of the future overpass at the Nguyen Kiem – Nguyen Thai Son roundabout in Ho Chi Minh City