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Tollgate to be dismantled to ease traffic congestion at Saigon River Tunnel
Van Nam
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Tollgate to be dismantled to ease traffic congestion at Saigon River Tunnel

Van Nam

HCMC – HCMC will soon remove the long-inactive Saigon River Tunnel toll station to reduce traffic congestion at the tunnel, said Vo Van Hoan, head of the HCMC People’s Committee Office on December 29.

Hoan said congestion in the tunnel area has occurred since the city recently finished coping with heavy traffic on Vo Van Kiet Avenue which leads to the tunnel.

A representative of the Management Center of Saigon River Tunnel (MCST) said congestion in the tunnel area has been caused by a recent increase in motorbike traffic through the tunnel.

At present, there are about 220,000 motorbikes using the tunnel a day, up 10% year-on-year. Many high-rises have been built along Mai Chi Tho Street on the District 2 side of the tunnel and a 4-kilometer section from District 2 to District 9 of HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway has been opened to traffic, both of them connected to the tunnel.

Some traffic experts said that when in place, Thu Thiem 2 Bridge would help ease traffic through the tunnel and on Saigon Bridge.

The tunnel under the Saigon River was opened to traffic on November 20, 2011 and the HCMC Department of Transport briefly collected tolls at the tunnel in September 2012.

No formal toll collection has since been conducted. But the presence of the tollgate near the non-operational tunnel is seen as one of the reasons for congestion at the tunnel.

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