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Saigon to spend $17.5mn on bridge expansion to alleviate congestion

Saigon to spend $17.5mn on bridge expansion to alleviate congestion

Friday, August 21, 2020, 14:14 GMT+7
Saigon to spend $17.5mn on bridge expansion to alleviate congestion
An artist’s impression of the upgraded Hang Ngoai Bridge in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Road Projects Management Board 3

Ho Chi Minh City is looking to spend VND404 billion (US$17.5 million) expanding a bridge in Go Vap District plagued by traffic congestion.

Hang Ngoai Bridge crosses over a railroad, connecting Nguyen Thai Son Street to Pham Van Dong Boulevard in Go Vap District.

The small bridge, measuring just ten meters in total width, has been dogged by traffic hold-ups due to its limited size and huge traffic volume.

A project to upgrade and expand the bridge with a total expenditure of VND404 billion is expected to kick off in September, according to the Management Board for Ho Chi Minh City Traffic Construction Investment Projects.

The expanded bridge will have a total length of 650 meters and a width of 22.5 meters.

The development cost also includes expenditures on building a drainage system, installing street lights, and growing ornamental plants.

Construction is expected to take 11 months, divided into three phases.

In the first phase, a temporary metal bridge will be erected for citizens to use while the current bridge is closed for works. Construction of the bridge’s first branch will begin in the second phase.

The third phase will see the first branch opening to traffic and the temporary metal structure dismantled for the building of the second branch.

Appropriate measures will be implemented to ensure the safety of both vehicles on the bridge and trains that travel underneath the construction site, a leader of the Road Projects Management Board 3 said.

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