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Roadworks continue causing congestion in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, August 31, 2020, 16:11 GMT+7
Roadworks continue causing congestion in Ho Chi Minh City
Roadworks on Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 30, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Residents in many Ho Chi Minh City neighborhoods have voiced their complaints as prolonged roadworks once again trigger serious congestion along multiple streets.

The roadworks have taken up large swathes of many streets in District 2, District 8, and Binh Thanh District, according to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Tran Thanh Nga, a resident in District 2, complained that a road construction project has been carried out on Nguyen Duy Trinh Street, where her house is located, for several months and is still not finished.

“The construction site occupies two-thirds of the road width, making it extremely difficult for commuters to travel along this route," Nga elaborated.

"Frequent traffic jams are inevitable.”

As of July, road renovation and water environment improvement projects were carried out at 123 locations on 60 streets across the southern metropolis, according to the municipal Department of Transport.

Within the first six months of 2020, inspectors booked 279 violations related to these roadworks and issued fines worth over VND1.7 billion (US$73,300), said Tran Quoc Khanh, chief inspector of the transport department.

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