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Danang City to develop new infrastructure to cope with congestion

Nhan Tam
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Danang City to develop new infrastructure to cope with congestion

Nhan Tam

DANANG – The central coastal city of Danang is expected to build new pedestrian bridges, overpasses and tunnels with total capital of around VND900 billion (US$39.5 million) in a bid to reduce traffic congestion.

The city government has agreed in principle to develop a pedestrian bridge east of Dien Bien Phu-Nguyen Tri Phuong Tunnel. The bridge costs an estimated VND6.4 billion, financed by the surplus fund from the Sustainable Development Project.

Together with the VND118-billion tunnel which was opened to traffic late last year, the new pedestrian bridge over Dien Bien Phu Street would help facilitate traffic at the intersection, a congestion hotspot at rush hour, said Le Van Trung, director of the municipal Transport Department.

He added the city will build new tunnels and a steel overpass near the Dragon Bridge and Tran Thi Ly Bridge in the downtown.

The department is considering a plan to construct two tunnels worth around VND350 billion around the Dragon Bridge, and a three-section steel flyover west of Tran Thi Ly Bridge. The plan is expected to cost around VND520 billion.

Danang is faced with heavy congestion now due to a rapidly increasing number of motorbikes and cars, said To Van Hung, head of the urban committee at the Danang People’s Council, adding the situation now occurs on all main roads in downtown Danang. Earlier, it only took place in some places.

Data of the local transport department shows the city has seen a marked increase in the number of motorbikes, from 700,000 in 2014 to 850,000 at present. Meanwhile, the number of cars has soared to 73,000 from the previous 47,000.

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