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Ho Chi Minh City transport department proposes construction of $1.3bn elevated road

Ho Chi Minh City transport department proposes construction of $1.3bn elevated road

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:59 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City transport department proposes construction of $1.3bn elevated road
Traffic congestion is pictured on Truong Chinh Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has proposed the construction of a new overhead road, estimated to cost about US$1.3 billion, as part of a series of gigantic projects to establish a north-south link in the city’s road network.

The elevated route is a new proposal, not included in the previous planning of the five elevated routes in Ho Chi Minh City.

The idea was mapped out by Ho Chi Minh City Infrastructure Investment Joint Stock Company and studied by the municipal transport department to ensure its harmony with the master plan on communication and transport in the city, which was approved by the prime minister, before being put forward to the municipal People’s Committee.

The new elevated road will begin from the intersection of Cong Hoa and Truong Chinh Streets and run along Bui Thi Xuan Street, Alley No. 656 on Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Bac Hai Street, Ly Thai To Street, Nguyen Van Cu Street, and Ong Lon Canal, before ending at Nguyen Van Linh Street.

The route will be 14.1 kilometers long and 30 meters wide.

The elevated parts will have four lanes with a total width of 16 meters.

The total investment for the project is estimated at VND30 trillion ($1.3 billion).

The new overhead road is meant to combine with the planned elevated roads No. 1, 2 and 3 to make a north-south axial link in the inner city.

This route will also connect with Ring Road No. 2 to link the inner city with the city’s suburbs and the northern area of the metropolis -- including Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Binh Tan, Go Vap Districts and District 12 and the Tan Son Nhat Airport zone -- with the downtown area.

The Ho Chi Minh City transport department proposed to the municipal People’s Committee that the new project be built in the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model, considering the financial hardship of the city government.

Through the People’s Committee, the transport department also wants the city’s planning and investment department to call for investments in the project.

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