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​City streets uneven after roadwork in Ho Chi Minh City

​City streets uneven after roadwork in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 17:10 GMT+7
​City streets uneven after roadwork in Ho Chi Minh City
A large patch of asphalt on Nguyen Phi Khanh Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Multiple streets in downtown Ho Chi Minh City have been filled with countless asphalt patches following recent roadworks, creating a hazard for city commuters.

Several sections of road in District 1 have been dug up to facilitate the underground placement of electrical and telecommunication wires.

Upon placing the wires beneath the street, however, developers have refilled large sections of the roads in question with patches of asphalt, creating a dangerously uneven surface.

District 1 residents have reported hazardous conditions on Nguyen Phi Khanh, Thach Thi Thanh, Ly Van Phuc, and many others in the area.

Along some routes, sidewalks have also been damaged, creating an additional damger to pedestrians.

According to N.T.H.V., a vendor on Thach Thi Thanh Street, the road has become very dusty and difficult to travel on.

She added that she had even injured herself after tripping on the damaged sidewalk.

An uneven road surface caused by the patches
An uneven road surface caused by the patches

In addition, some of the construction has been also carried out during the day, despite regulations that roadwork be completed at night.

The situation has exacerbated congestion along several routes in the city.

Rocks fill a part of a street following recent road works.
Rocks fill a part of a street following recent road works.

According to an inspector from the municipal Department of Transport, roadwork developers that fail to restore the road to its original condition are subject to fines between VND1 million (US$43.9) and VND6 million ($263.5) per incident.

Those who commit multiple and repeated violations will be banned from carrying out construction work in the city for up to three years.

The official himself considered the penalty not stern enough, but explained that the transport department had proposed more serious punishments.

Commuters face difficulty when traveling on this section of Thach Thi Thanh Street in District 1.
Commuters face difficulty when traveling on this section of Thach Thi Thanh Street in District 1.
Damaged sidewalk pose risks for pedestrians.
Damaged sidewalk pose risks for pedestrians.
The street is also not pleasant to look at.
The street is also not pleasant to look at.
An uneven road surface caused by the patches
An uneven road surface caused by the patches
A section of Nguyen Phi Khanh Street is carelessly restored.
A section of Nguyen Phi Khanh Street is carelessly restored.
Multiple asphalt patches are seen on the same street.
Multiple asphalt patches are seen on the same street.
A new layer of asphalt is being added to Ba Le Chan Street in District 1.
A new layer of asphalt is being added to Ba Le Chan Street in District 1.
The work should have been completed at night, not in the morning.
The work should have been completed at night, not in the morning.

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