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Binh Duong to build tunnels, close several BOT tollgates

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Binh Duong Province will use its own budget to buy back the toll collection rights to some BOT roads and then shut down the tollgates on these roads while building overpasses and tunnels to ease traffic congestion.

A representative of the Binh Duong government said on December 13 that the southern province had mapped out a plan to boost the development of synchronous infrastructure and urban areas.

In the 2021-2030 period, the province will buy back some BOT tollgates and close them down, and build several steel overpasses and tunnels at some intersections such as Cho Dinh and Phuoc Kien to reduce traffic congestion.

According to the representative, Binh Duong Province has set a target to maintain the operation of only two BOT tollgates on National Highway 13 and My Phuoc-Tan Van Road and will only charge vehicles leaving the province.

The plan is aimed at easing traffic congestion and attracting investors to the province, the representative added.

The province now has 13 BOT tollgates on some main roads. The planned closure of the tollgates will help firms reduce fees and facilitate the transportation of goods, Tien Phong Online reported.

Earlier in 2016, Binh Duong Province closed a BOT tollgate on Provincial Road 743 to reduce traffic congestion.

Under its infrastructure plan, apart from focusing on mobilizing capital for key traffic projects and upgrading traffic infrastructure, the province will speed up site clearance and compensation for several projects, including ring roads 3 and 4 and the HCMC-Thu Dau Mot-Chon Thanh expressway project.

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