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HCMC to develop major traffic projects

By Minh Hoang

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HCMC – HCMC has plans to develop multiple traffic projects such as junctions, expressways and ring roads to ease traffic congestion and improve its traffic system.

The HCMC Department of Transport has proposed building 16 T-junctions citywide to ease traffic congestion in the 2022-2025 period.

Among them, the National Highway 1-Nguyen Van Qua Junction project in District 12 has had its investment procedures completed, while five others have been passed by the municipal People’s Council. The remaining 10 junctions have yet to get the nod for investment and construction.

In addition, the Ministry of Transport has announced restarting the Ben Luc-Long Thanh expressway project in the third quarter of the year. The 57.8-kilometer-long expressway, invested by Vietnam Expressway Corporation, will run across Long An, HCMC and Dong Nai.

The project will be divided into three sections and require VND31.3 trillion in investment.

Work on the project began in July 2014 and was set for completion in 2018. Due to some obstacles, the project had been slow and was suspended in 2019.

In related news, the HCMC government has asked the municipal Department of Transport to step up procedures to develop the Saigon River-Thay Cai Canal section of the Beltway No. 4 project under the public-private partnership format. The department was told to collaborate with relevant agencies to complete the prefeasibility study for the 17-kilometer-long section as soon as possible.

As of late 2021, the city had over 4,730 kilometers of roads, 1,160 footbridges and over 50.7 million square meters of road surface, according to the municipal Department of Transport.

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