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Efforts made to ease traffic hotspot

Update: January, 17/2014 - 08:21
The Cho Dua seven-way crossroads in Dong Da District, where more traffic lights and signs have been recently installed to ease traffic congestion. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI (VNS)— Ha Noi police have installed more traffic lights and signs at O Cho Dua seven-way crossroads in a bid to ease traffic congestion.

More traffic police were assigned on Tuesday to direct vehicles through the heavily-congested crossroad in Dong Da District.

Director of the municipal Transport Department Nguyen Quoc Hung told Kinh te and Do Thi (Economy and Urban Areas) Newspaper the intersection service a substantial amount of vehicles each day and had long been a "hot" spot for traffic congestion.

Traffic researchers were deployed to carefully study direction and time patterns to arrange traffic at the crossroads more effectively, he said.

A 500-m project linking O Cho Dua and Hoang Cau street was officially opened to the public last month in an effort to facilitate transportation through the crossroad. It is part of the city's Belt Road No.1 project.

According to the local authorities, the site clearance compensation for the road section had been raised to over VND743 billion (US$35 million) from the previous VND527 billion approved in 2008, becoming the most expensive in the country.

Hoang Thu Hanh, who often goes across the crossroad to for work, said traffic conditions were terrible, particularly during rush hour. "It used to take me between 30-45 minutes to be back home. But now, the time was reduced by half," she said. — VNS


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