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Traffic snarls on Phan Thiet-Dau Giay Expressway after heavy rain

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – A 100-meter section of the newly built Phan Thiet-Dau Giay Expressway was heavily flooded early this morning, July 29, after an overnight downpour.

Heavy rain from the previous night led the expressway section passing through Ham Tan District, Binh Thuan Province near Song Phan – National Highway 55 intersection to be submerged under nearly one meter of water. A long line of vehicles on both sides of the expressway got stuck for hours, leading to heavy traffic congestion this morning.

As of 5:30 a.m., the queues of vehicles had been several kilometers long in both directions of the expressway.

The worst affected area is in Song Phan Commune, Ham Tan District, around two kilometers from the National Highway 55 intersection. At 6:00 a.m., the floodwater had receded to 0.5 meter, allowing vehicles to move slowly through the affected section. However, sedans could not pass and had to wait for more water to recede.

To alleviate the situation, traffic police were guiding vehicles to divert to National Highway 1 at Xuan Loc District, reducing the number of vehicles on Phan Thiet-Dau Giay Expressway.

Despite the presence of water drainage sewers at the affected section of the expressway, their limited capacity contributed to the poor water drainage, as reported by local media.

As of 6:30 a.m., traffic congestion on the road had been cleared from the side heading to the south, while the other direction was still congested.

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