HCM CITY — More streets will be turned into one-way streets this year as part of efforts to streamline traffic flow and reduce congestion in HCM City which is home to more than 8 million people and have 5 million motorbikes and thousands of automobiles.
Most of the new one-way streets will fall in districts 1, 3 and 5, the central business areas, according to the city's Department of Transport.
It said some 19 streets in these districts will be converted into one-way streets as it reorganises traffic structure in 36 areas throughout the city.
More one-way streets are necessary as the city has many narrow streets and a large number of crossroads, causing frequent traffic jams, according to the deputy head of the department's Traffic Safety Committee, Nguyen Ngoc Truong.
Since the Thu Thiem tunnel was put into operation, the traffic on Pho Duc Chinh, Calmette, Ky Con, Yersin, and some other streets in District 1 have become very busy and the narrow streets cannot afford the increasing number of vehicles. They are among the streets that will turn into one-way roads from next month.
Some other streets, including Bui Thi Xuan, Suong Nguyet Anh, Cong Quynh and Pham Viet Chanh in District 1 have become one-way streets from this month onwards.
The key streets of Hai Ba Trung, Le Van Sy and Cach Mang Thang Tam, which link districts 1 and 3, experience a very large number of vehicles during rush hours.
From October, these streets will be one-way for automobiles, which will help reduce the heavy traffic partially caused by inappropriate transport organisation in smaller streets that lead to them.
Other roads in suburban districts like Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Thu Duc and Nha Be will be also made one-way to help ease traffic jams.
Truong said the Government and the Ministry of Transport have instructed the country's two biggest cities, HCM City and Ha Noi, to restructure their traffic systems.
Both cities have been suffering chronic traffic jams because of the increasing number of personal vehicles on the road, while traffic infrastructure lags far behind their growth. — VNS