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HCMC restarts work on major road upgrade project

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The upgrade of Luong Dinh Cua Street in HCMC’s Thu Duc City resumed yesterday, May 11, after cleared land had been handed over to the project.

The 2.5-km road starts from Mai Chi Tho Avenue to the Tran Nao intersection. The project is aimed at widening the road from 7-8 meters to 30 meters with six lanes.

Work on the project began in 2015 and was scheduled to be completed after two years, but slow site clearance affected the progress of the project. By the end of 2020, the project was only 60% complete and remained suspended until this year, reported news site VnExpress.

Even seven years after the project got off the ground, compensation issues involving nearly 100 affected households have yet to be resolved. Recently, Thu Duc City, HCMC ramped up the compensation work and handed over extra cleared land to resume the project.

Le Ngoc Hung, deputy head of the HCMC management board for investment and development of traffic infrastructure projects, which serves as the project’s investor, said compensation issues remain unsolved for 64 households living along a 500-meter section from Nguyen Hoang to Mai Chi Tho streets. The Thu Duc authority will address the issues and hand over the entire cleared land in this section by the end of June, so that the project’s construction in this area can be completed by 2022-end.

As for a two-kilometer section from Tran Nao intersection to Nguyen Hoang Street, with over 30 affected households, Thu Duc plans to hand over the cleared land by March next year to complete work on this section after nine months.

Located in the eastern part of HCMC, Luong Dinh Cua Street is among the main gateways to downtown HCMC. The route links to Mai Chi Tho Avenue, Nguyen Thi Dinh Street, and the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway, with a huge traffic volume.

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