HCM CITY (VNS)— Sixteen new transport infrastructure projects and 12 transport projects that are under construction will be given top priority this year by the city government.
Among the prioritised transport projects recently approved by the city's authority are three overpasses that will help curb traffic jams at intersections.
These include overpasses at the Cay Go Roundabout in District 11; at February 3 Street - Nguyen Tri Phuong Intersection in District 10; and Cong Hoa - Hoang Hoa Tham Intersection. Construction is expected to be completed this year.
Several delayed transport projects will be given priority as well, such as the one to expand the Inter-provincial Road No 10; the project to fight water erosion of Thanh Da Canal in Binh Thanh District; and the project to upgrade Nguyen Thi Thap Street in District 7.
In an effort to complete work on schedule, the city has also urged the acceleration of the ODA (official development assistance)-funded projects, including metro lines No 1 and No 2, a project to dredge Soai Rap River (Phase 2).
Total investments for these major transport infrastructure projects, including ODA-funded projects, amount to over VND145 trillion ($6.9 billion).
Tat Thanh Cang, director of HCM City's Department of Transport, said this year the city would focus its capital on construction of the most urgent projects.
These projects, many of them of medium-scale, are crucial for the development of the city's economy.
Cang said the project to build the road to Hiep Phuoc River Port is one of the major projects to be accelerated.
The project to dredge Soai Rap River (Phase 2) will be completed next year.
If the project to dredge the river is completed but there is not a road, the port would not be able to operate at full capacity. —VNS