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Construction triggers traffic jams in City

Update: September, 20/2014 - 12:07
Traffic congestion on HCM City's Hau Giang street. District 6 has suffered major traffic congestion due to infrastructure construction for a week. — Photo nld.com.vn
HCM CITY  (VNS) — The District 6 in HCM City has faced major traffic congestion due to infrastructure construction for a week now as thousands of vehicles that travel between the city centre and the Western Bus Station each day have been stuck in the area of Ong Buong 1 and 2 bridges from morning until midnight.

With those bridges closed for repairs, residents turned to alternative routes like Tan Hoa and Dang Nguyen Can streets, only to find out that they were also under construction.

"Tan Hoa and Dang Nguyen Can streets are being constructed while Ong Buong 1 bridge is blocked. We have no way to go," a resident in the Ong Buong 1 bridge area told Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer) newspaper. "It took me nearly one hour to go 1km."

Nearby routes like Hau Giang, Nguyen Van Luong and Minh Phung were also filled with traffic as residents tried to avoid construction sites, especially during rush hours.

Motorbike drivers tried to cut through the small alleys that connect the congested streets in an effort to get out of the area, which caused traffic jams throughout the alley network.

The traffic jam also spread to neighbouring Tan Phu District when an underground electric grid project on Luy Ban Bich Street blocked the road with construction tools.

The HCM City Department of Transport reported the situation to the municipal People's Committee, blaming the city Management Board of Urban Construction and Investment for not implementing agreed-upon traffic measures such as building temporary bridges and putting up warning signs to balance the traffic. — VNS

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