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May, 08 2012 09:55:28

Flyovers to ease City traffic jams

 


HCM City will begin constructing next month two flyovers at the Hang Xanh and Thu Duc intersections in an effort to ease traffic congestion in the area.
HCM CITY — HCM City will begin constructing next month two flyovers at the Hang Xanh and Thu Duc intersections in an effort to ease traffic congestion in the area.

According to the city's Department of Transport, the two-lane flyover at the Thu Duc Intersection in District 9 will be 328-m long and 9-m wide. It will go over Le Van Viet and Vo Van Ngan streets.

At the Hang Xanh Intersection in Binh Thanh District, the four-lane flyover, 250-m long, will go over Dien Bien Phu Street.

Two-wheel vehicles, four-seat automobiles and buses will be allowed to use both flyovers, which will be supported by steel structures. The department is considering to have the loading capacity of the flyover at the Thu Duc intersection increased from the original plan so as to allow trucks to use it.

Construction costs – estimated at between VND100 billion to VND200 billion (US$4.8 million to $9.6 million) each – will be covered by the city's budget. The work is expected to be completed in four months.

If the two flyovers are effective in easing traffic congestion, the department will consider the feasibility of a 352-m long flyover at the Lang Cha Ca roundabout in Tan Binh District and a 280-m long flyover at the Cay Go Roundabout in District 11.

The department's Urban Traffic Management Unit No 1 has also proposed that flyovers are built at intersections of main streets in the city centre, like Ba Thang Hai, Vo Thi Sau, Dien Bien Phu, Phan Dang Luu and Hoang Van Thu.

Bui Xuan Cuong, the department's deputy director, said the advantages of steel flyovers were that they were built on streets with no need for site clearance (only relocating water pipes and cable wires if any), had short construction times and did not spoil the city's urban landscape.

"If the steel flyovers used for a few years and are no longer necessary, they can be disassembled and rebuilt in other intersections," he said. — VNS

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