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City plans action to reduce traffic accidents

Update: February, 18/2012 - 10:24

 

A traffic accident on HCM City's Hang Xanh Street slows traffic. The city's transport department is reviewing 24 accident-prone sites to address problems at the locations within the next three months. — VNA/VNS The Vinh
HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Transport has instructed its agencies to quickly implement the plans drawn up to reduce the number of accidents and lengthy traffic jams by 10 per cent.

Speaking at a meeting earlier this week, Le Toan, its director, said the measures must be implemented early this year to meet the targets since they are not easy to achieve.

They include addressing causes of accidents at accident-prone sites, restoring order along kerbs and pavements that are now used to do business and park vehicles, redesignating lanes for vehicles and roads as one-way or two-way, and installing median strips.

This month relevant agencies must complete the task of reviewing 24 sites that were prone to accidents in 2011, and clear the sites by the end of the second quarter, he said.

By the end of the second quarter, the department will also complete installing median strips on 31 roads to separate two-wheel and automobile traffic, and redesignate roads at 30 places prone to traffic jams.

The department's urban traffic management zones will make changes at 17 road junctions to increase road area and ease traffic flow.

The department will consider building flyovers for vehicles weighing less than 3 tonnes over some important roads, including Dien Bien Phu Street, National Highway No. 22, and Duong Minh Giam Street.

The cost of implementing all these measures will be more than VND400 billion (US$19 million), according to the department.

Inspection

On Wednesday a team of inspectors from the People Council's Legal Division checked implementation of plans to reduce accidents and traffic jams in Districts 12 and Binh Chanh.

In Binh Chanh, which saw the largest number of accidents and casualties in the city last year, the inspectors approved of the district's plans to reduce the number of accidents, deaths, and injuries by more than 10 per cent this year.

The team also agreed with the district's proposal to seek funds from the city to expand the section of National Highway No. 1A in the district and install traffic lights and other infrastructure in accident-prone spots such as Doan Nguyen Tuan and Village Road No. 11.

Last year Binh Chanh, a border district, witnessed 125 traffic accidents in which 130 people were killed and 24 others injured — VNS

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