The Thu Thiem Tunnel, which runs under the Saigon River to connect Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 with Thu Duc City, will be closed to all vehicles for three consecutive nights for staff to test its firefighting system.
Vehicles are banned from taking the tunnel to travel from District 1 to Thu Duc City from 11:00 pm on Saturday to 4:00 am on Sunday.
The ban is applied in the opposite direction from 11:00 pm Sunday to 4:00 am Monday and in both directions from 11:00 pm Monday to 4:00 am Tuesday.
Below are alternative routes:
From District 1:
Vo Van Kiet Boulevard -> a road running parallel to Vo Van Kiet Boulevard -> Vo Van Kiet Boulevard -> Ton Duc Thang Street -> Thu Thiem 2 Bridge -> To Huu Street -> Mai Chi Tho Street
|An alternative route from District 1 to Thu Duc City.
From Thu Duc City:
Mai Chi Tho Street -> To Huu Street -> Thu Thiem 2 Bridge -> Le Duan Street -> Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street -> Vo Van Kiet Boulevard
|An alternative route from Thu Duc City to District 1.
Commuters are required to follow the instructions of the traffic sign system on the roads or those from the traffic police force.
The automatic fire fighting system in the Thu Thiem Tunnel, or Saigon River Tunnel, was installed in mid-2021 at a cost of VND95 billion (US$3.8 million).
Opened to traffic in late 2011, the tunnel lies 27 meters under the Saigon River at the deepest point and is the longest underwater tunnel in Southeast Asia as well as the first in Vietnam.