The tourist city of Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong installed its first-ever traffic lights on Tuesday to cope with increased traffic flows.
The traffic lights were installed at the junction of Hoang Van Thu, Tran Phu, and Ba Thang Hai Streets.
Unlike common traffic light posts, the frame around the red, amber, and green lights has a floral shape to match Da Lat’s nickname: the City of Flowers.
Da Lat authorities expect to install similar traffic light posts at six other intersections this year as part of a project worth VND142.7 billion (US$6.27 million) funded by the provincial budget to ease traffic congestion in the famous tourist city.
The installation ended one of Da Lat’s three unique ‘non-existence features,’ namely no cyclos (three-wheeled pedal-powered rickshaws), no traffic lights, and no air conditioners.
|The first traffic light post in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, October 5, 2021. Photo: M. V. / Tuoi Tre|
The city has seen a surge in visitors in recent years, especially during weekends and holidays, which results in traffic congestion in downtown areas.
It was originally designed to accommodate around 90,000 people in the early 20th century, according to news site VnExpress, but its population has now ballooned to nearly 230,000.
The number of visitors to the city exceeded seven million in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Lam Dong online newspaper.