Many residents of Nha Trang, the capital city of Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam, are questioning the safety of traveling on a part of an under-construction roundabout interchange as per the provincial transport department’s instruction.
The transport department has routed motorcycles and automobiles with fewer than 16 seats via a completed branch of the Ngoc Hoi four-way roundabout interchange since October 1.
This arrangement leaves many commuters, who are made to take the interchange while scaffolding remains and towering cranes are operating along the route, in doubt about its reasonability as only one-eighth of the project has reached completion.
|Scaffolding is seen along a newly-completed branch of the under-construction Ngoc Hoi roundabout interchange in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre|
Addressing suspicions related to the arrangement, director of the transport department Nguyen Van Dan affirmed that the authorities conducted technical acceptance tests before putting the newly-built section on stream, adding that the project license allows carrying out acceptance tests part-by-part.
The arrangement is meant to mitigate traffic congestion around the interchange while the contractor continues to construct the northern branch of the project and the remaining work items, the director explained.
|This photo shows an incomplete branch of the under-construction Ngoc Hoi roundabout interchange in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Phan Song Ngan / Tuoi Tre|
As for the safety of traffic on the interchange, he said that the transport department welcomes the feedback of the people and pledges to make appropriate adjustments to ensure public safety and convenience.
Construction of the Ngoc Hoi roundabout interchange started at the end of 2017 at a cost of VND1.35 trillion (US$56.5 million), according to news site zingnews.vn.