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Ho Chi Minh City proposes construction of two new elevated roads

Friday, October 16, 2020, 16:40 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City proposes construction of two new elevated roads
Heavy traffic is seen in this photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Van Binh / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has proposed the construction of 55 traffic infrastructure projects for 2021 meant to ease congestion or link the city with nearby localities.

The proposal gives priority to two elevated roads intended to ease traffic gridlock in the southern metropolis.

According to the department, the two proposed roads would require VND81.75 trillion (US$3.52billion) from the city’s budget and VND68.613 trillion ($2.96 billion) from public-private partnership (PPP) sources andother funding programs.

The department suggested the city kickstart the project by disbursing VND32.878 trillion ($1.42 billion) in 2021.

Spanning 9.5 kilometers, elevated road No. 1 will start at Cong Hoa Street and run through Tran Quoc Hoan, Phan Thuc Duyen, Hoang Van Thu, Phan Dang Luu, and Phan Xich Long before ending on Nguyen Huu Canh Street.

The project is expected to ease traffic congestion on inner-city streets and some roads leading to the city’s Tan Son Nhat airport.

Elevated road No. 5 will stretch about 34 kilometers from Station 2 in Thu Duc District and run above National Highway No. 1 until it reaches An Suong and ends at Tan Tao-Cho Dem.

Requiring a huge total investment of VND32.9 trillion ($1.42 billion), the project will be divided into two phases.

The first phase will complete a 21.5-kilometer section from Station 2 to An Suong by 2025, while the remainder will be between 2025 and 2030.

Aside from the two prioritized projects, the proposal also noted plans to finish Belt Road 2, the Tan Son Nhat Airport traffic cluster, Cat Lai Port, the Can Gio Bridge linking Nha Be with Can Gio, the Ho Chi Minh City-Moc Bai Expressway, and upgrade several roads.

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