Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have started cutting down and moving more than 1,300 trees along Mai Chi Tho Boulevard in Thu Duc City to create space for the construction of the An Phu Interchange project.
Most of the affected trees are nacre trees, Indian almond trees, padauk trees, and Erythrophleum fordii – all of which were planted about 20 years ago.
Trees from 13 to 20 years old will be transplanted to gardens while older trees will be removed.
Ho Chi Minh City Greenery Parks Co. Ltd., tasked with moving the trees, will relocate nearly 1,100 younger trees and fell more than 200 older ones, according to news site VnExpress.
The tree clearance is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
“We must move trees to create space for the construction of the [An Phu Interchange] project,” said Luong Minh Phuc, director of the management board for the construction investment of traffic work projects in Ho Chi Minh City.
Phuc also promised that new trees would be planted to replace those being moved.
The An Phu Interchange project, which will connect the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway with Mai Chi Tho Boulevard in order to ease traffic pressure on one of the worst bottlenecks in the southern metropolis, carries a price tag of VND3.4 trillion (US$148 million).
|A bird's-eye view of the An Phu Interchange in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
The project includes 10-to-12 lane roads, three tunnels with four lanes each, and flyovers with two lanes each.
The tunnels will stretch to the Mai Chi Tho-Dong Van Cong Intersection.
One of the flyovers will link Mai Chi Tho and Luong Dinh Cua Street with the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway.
Another flyover will allow vehicles to turn right from the same expressway onto Mai Chi Tho.
Two more flyovers will connect Mai Chi Tho with Dong Van Cong Street while one additional bridge will be built between the two current Giong Ong To Bridges.
In addition, there will be footbridges, water supply and drainage systems, green spaces, and traffic lights.
“The project will also include a traffic island with a tower, a fountain, and many green spaces connected to the surrounding parks,” Phuc said
The interchange project is expected to become the largest intersection of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City once it is completed.