Ho Chi Minh City inaugurates $3mn road to mitigate congestion

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Ho Chi Minh City inaugurates $3mn road to mitigate congestion

A bird’s-eye view of the parallel road located on the right side of Vo Van Kiet Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, April 25, 2022. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A US$3 million road running parallel to a boulevard in downtown Ho Chi Minh City was opened to traffic on Tuesday morning in order to alleviate congestion in the area.

The road, measuring 615 meters long and seven meters wide, lies along the section of Vo Van Kiet Boulevard bounded by Nguyen Thai Hoc Street and Pasteur Street in District 1.

Aside from building the road, the developer has also added a lighting system, trees, and sewers as well as renovated the embankment.

Costing VND70 billion ($3 million), the road will contribute to the reduction of regular traffic jams at Vo Van Kiet – Ky Con Intersection, Tran Quang Lam, director of the municipal Department of Transport, said during the inauguration.

It is also part of the preparations for the organization of a bus rapid transit (BRT) service and waterbus route No. 2, Lam continued.

The inauguration of the street running parallel to Vo Van Kiet Avenue in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, April 26, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

The inauguration of the road running parallel to Vo Van Kiet Boulevard in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, April 26, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Along with the inauguration of the road, the transport department announced the traffic directions for commuters on this route.

Accordingly, vehicles are allowed to travel in the direction from Nguyen Thai Hoc Street to Pasteur Street.

Trucks with a transport volume of more than 2.5 metric tons are not allowed to travel on this road, while parking is also banned.

On the same morning, the city’s transport department opened Dang Thuc Vinh Street to traffic in outlying Hoc Mon District following a four-year renovation, which cost about VND700 billion ($30 million).

Measuring 5.3 kilometers long and 30 meters wide, the expanded road is expected to boost connectivity in the district as well as neighboring provinces of Ho Chi Minh City.

Dang Thuc Vinh Street in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City is open to traffic following a four-year renovation, April 26, 2022. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Dang Thuc Vinh Street in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City is open to traffic following a four-year renovation, April 26, 2022. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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