HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport is working with the investor to speed up work on the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge project to put it into operation on April 30, according to the municipal department.
Speaking at a press briefing on March 3, Bui Hoa An, deputy head of the municipal department, said the opening of the bridge was timed to coincide with the Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labor Day (May 1) holidays this year.
Besides, the department will give a facelift to Ton Duc Thang Street leading to the bridge prior to the opening of the bridge to meet the traffic demand, the local media reported.
The VND3.1-trillion Thu Thiem 2 Bridge has six lanes and a total length of over 1.4 kilometers.
Spanning the Saigon River and connecting HCMC downtown with the Thu Thiem New Urban Area, the key traffic infrastructure project will help ease traffic congestion in the area and promote the socioeconomic growth of HCMC, especially Thu Duc City.
The city will also put into service the first electric bus route on March 8, which connects Vinhomes Grand Park in Thu Duc City with the Saigon Bus Station in District 1, while four other e-bus routes will be opened in the third and fourth quarters of 2022, said the representative of the municipal department.
In addition, the city will open some other key traffic infrastructure projects such as the bridges spanning A and B canals, expand Dong Van Cong and Tran Dai Nghia streets, break ground on the National Highway 50 expansion project and build a road connecting Tran Quoc Hoan Street and Cong Hoa Street in Tan Binh District.
An also said that the city’s first metro line would run on a trial basis in the third quarter of the year. The metro line will be officially put into operation in late March or early April next year.