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​Second branch of flyover near Ho Chi Minh City airport open to traffic

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 14:02 GMT+7

The second branch of a major flyover in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap District has opened to traffic, giving commuters hope that near-constant congestion in the area will begin to ease.

The overpass route, connecting Nguyen Kiem and Hong Minh Giam Streets at the Nguyen Thai Son Roundabout in Go Vap District, was officially inaugurated on Thursday morning, the Urban Traffic Management Zone No. 3 under the municipal Department of Transport said.

Construction on this second branch of the flyover, measuring 367.7 meters long and 13.5 meters wide, lasted two and a half months.

The N-shaped overpass is designed to include three branches.

The first route, linking Hoang Minh Giam and Nguyen Thai Son Streets, was opened to traffic on July 3.

The construction of the final branch, planned to connect Nguyen Kiem and Nguyen Thai Son Streets, is still in the site clearance phase.

As compensation rates have been submitted to higher authorities, the People’s Committee in Go Vap District is expediting the process.

A model of the N-shaped flyover upon completion
A model of the N-shaped flyover upon completion

The building of this route is expected to take three months once the area has been cleared for construction.

The Go Vap administration previously asked the Ministry of National Defense to hand over three land plots in the area to facilitate the implementation of the project.

An official decision by the ministry will be made in December.

According to Trinh Linh Phuong, deputy director of the Urban Traffic Management Zone No. 3, the flyover is part of a plan to minimize traffic jams at areas near Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Upon completion of all three bridges, the structure will handle over 50 percent of vehicles traveling in the hotspot and, hopefully, relieve heavy traffic pressure during rush hours, Phuong said.

The installation of plants and lighting systems under the overpass will be finished by the end of the year, the official added.

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