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Alternative routes advised as HCMC-Long Thanh expy seen congested during holiday

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Motorists have been advised to consider using alternative routes in place of the HCMC-Long Thanh Expressway during the upcoming National Day holiday from September 1 to 4 as heavy traffic congestion has recently become a common sight on the expressway.

The advisory, issued by the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering Joint Stock Company (VEC E) prior to the commencement of the holiday, is aimed at diverting traffic to other roads to prevent heavy traffic congestion on the expressway.

Since Phan Thiet-Dau Giay Expressway was opened to traffic four months ago, the volume of traffic on the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway has significantly increased. Around 62,000 vehicles are estimated to travel daily on the section from An Phu intersection in HCMC to the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway interchange with Phan Thiet-Dau Giay Expressway. The vehicle number sometimes surged to 70,000 or 73,000 during peak hours, raising safety risks on the road.

Motorists have also been advised to maintain a safe distance to prevent traffic accidents on the HCMC-Long Thanh route.

The 55-km HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway, operational since 2015, is often congested on weekends and public holidays due to the increased number of vehicles.

In late April, the Phan Thiet-Dau Giay Expressway connecting Dong Nai and Binh Thuan provinces was opened to traffic, resulting in a travel time of a little more than two hours from HCMC to the resort town of Mui Ne in Phan Thiet City.

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