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Ho Chi Minh City to ban vehicles from busy overpass for road upgrade

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 19:53 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City to ban vehicles from busy overpass for road upgrade
The Nguyen Huu Canh overpass in Ho Chi Minh City is empty of traffic during a vehicle ban on October 3-7, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Vehicles will be prohibited from traveling on the Nguyen Huu Canh overpass in Binh Thanh District for six months as part of a road upgrade project to be conducted during that period, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport.

The ban will take effect from October 29 to April 23.

Cars wishing to get to Nguyen Huu Canh Street from the Saigon Bridge can take an alternative route by making a U-turn on Dien Bien Phu Street at its intersection with Nguyen Van Thuong Street. They can then continue on Dien Bien Phu Street, take a local road under the Nguyen Huu Canh overpass, and travel into Nguyen Huu Canh Street.

The alternative route for two-wheeled vehicles is the Saigon Bridge -> Dien Bien Phu Street -> make a U-turn at the Hang Xanh intersection -> Dien Bien Phu Street -> Alley 602 on Dien Bien Phu Street -> Nguyen Huu Canh Street.

Commuters are advised to comply with the road signs and the instructions of traffic police officers.

Ngo Hai Duong, head of road traffic infrastructure and operations at the department, said that officials will consider problems that arise on the first three days since the implementation of the ban before commencing upgrade works on the Nguyen Huu Canh overpass.

The transport department previously piloted a similar vehicle ban on the overpass between October 3 and 7, which was terminated to adjust plans for the road upgrade project.

Traffic congestion on the streets linking to the overpass was exacerbated on weekdays during the October 3-7 vehicle ban.

The Nguyen Huu Canh overpass is a major link for travelers from District 2, District 9, and Binh Thanh District to the heart of the city.

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