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Tri-axle trucks banned on Rach Mieu Bridge during peak hours

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Starting June 10, tri-axle trucks and larger vehicles will be prohibited from crossing the Rach Mieu Bridge, which connects the Mekong Delta provinces of Ben Tre and Tien Giang, during peak hours.

The local government has announced the ban to alleviate traffic congestion in the area. Specifically, in the direction from Ben Tre to Tien Giang, the restriction will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

In the opposite direction, from Tien Giang to Ben Tre, these vehicles will be prohibited from the bridge during two time frames: from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Recently, traffic congestion has frequently occurred on the Rach Mieu Bridge, partly due to heavy trucks ascending the bridge’s slope at low speeds. The prohibition of tri-axle trucks and larger vehicles has been enforced during peak hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Rach Mieu Bridge currently accommodates approximately 20,000 vehicles daily, exceeding its design capacity threefold. To address this issue, the construction of the Rach Mieu 2 Bridge, which is 3.8 kilometers long, commenced in March 2023 and is expected to be operational by 2025.

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