Ho Chi Minh City’s ongoing traffic difficulties only worsened in 2022, with traffic jams turning more serious and several new congestion hotspots recorded, according to Nguyen Thanh Loi, deputy head of the municipal traffic safety committee.
In addition to increasingly serious congestion, the number of traffic accidents in the city also rose compared to 2021, Loi added.
New congestion hotspots
In 2022, traffic jams were commonplace near Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Tan Binh District and Cat Lai Port in Thu Duc City, the official elaborated.
|Congestion occurs on a route leading to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre
In addition, gateway routes into and out of Ho Chi Minh City such as National Highway No.1, the Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Expressway, and the Ho Chi Minh City - Trung Luong Expressway were often overloaded during peak hours.
Six new congestion locations were recorded in the city last year, including the Hang Xanh and Pham Van Dong - Phan Van Tri Intersections in Binh Thanh District, Nguyen Thai Son - Pham Ngu Lao Intersection in Go Vap District, Tran Quoc Hoan - Phan Thuc Duyen Intersection in Tan Binh District, and Nguyen Van Linh - Pham Hung Intersection and Xang Bridge in outlying Binh Chanh District.
|A traffic jam on Nguyen Kiem Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre
Solving the problem
Nguyen Dinh Duong, head of the Road and Railway Traffic Police Division of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Public Security, said that the key to solving traffic problems is public compliance with traffic regulations.
He also noted that relevant authorities should raise awareness of traffic laws and strictly punish violators.
Phan Cong Bang, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport, stated that the completion of a series of key traffic projects will contribute to removing bottlenecks and traffic accident hotspots in the city.
|A traffic jam at Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre
The transport department and relevant units are preparing to invest in inter-regional traffic projects such as ring roads No.2, 3, and 4, and the Thu Thiem 4 Bridge.
At the same time, 12 major projects such as the road connecting Tran Quoc Hoan and Cong Hoa Streets, National Highway No. 50, and An Phu Intersection, are currently in their planning phases, Bang said.
|A traffic jam at the intersection of Phan Van Tri and Pham Van Dong Streets in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre
|Congestion occurs along the Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Expressway. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre
|A traffic jam on Truong Sa Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre
|Congestion often occurs at the intersection of Nguyen Thai Son and Pham Ngu Lao Streets in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre