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HCMC transport dept proposes replacing Cat Lai bridge project

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport has proposed building two bridges across the Dong Nai River toward District 7 and Thu Duc City, replacing the long-planned Cat Lai Bridge.

The first bridge would connect the southern region of HCMC and Nhon Trach District, Dong Nai Province. The route’s starting point lies on the North-South axis road, moving toward the east, coinciding with Hoang Quoc Viet Street and crossing the Dong Nai River toward Nhon Trach District.

The bridge would help ease traffic congestion on the current Phu My Bridge and connect Tan Son Nhat and Long Thanh airports, creating an inter-regional axis for the development of the city’s southern part.

The second bridge would link Thu Duc City and Tam An Commune, Long Thanh District, Dong Nai Province. Two options for the second bridge’s location are under review.

The first option will be the inter-regional route directly connecting with the Go Cong intersection, making the crossroad convenient to connect HCMC and Dong Nai.

Meanwhile, the second option will be the inter-regional route which will not directly connect with Beltway No. 3 after crossing Tac River and will intersect with the parallel road of Beltway No. 3.

The HCMC Department of Transport said the building of the Cat Lai bridge would require the adjustment of the width of Nguyen Thi Dinh road by 17 meters and cause traffic congestion on the route, adversely affecting the operation of the Cat Lai Port.

Furthermore, the proposed location of the bridge at Cat Lai ferry, just 100 meters away from the current wharf of the Cat Lai Port, can hardly secure the safety of ships upon entering and exiting the port.

According to the HCMC Department of Transport, supplementing the above two bridges into the plan, together with four other bridges as planned, comprising Dong Nai, Long Thanh, Nhon Trach and Phuoc Khanh, will boost connectivity and socio-economic development of the two localities.

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