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Ha Noi prepares to tackle year-end traffic congestion

Update: November, 15/2014 - 09:03
The Ha Noi Traffic Police Division has proposed more traffic lights at key intersections, round-the-clock presence of guards at major construction sites and improved inter-agency co-operation as measures to tackle year-end road congestion. — Photo Vnexpress
HA NOI (VNS)  — The Ha Noi Traffic Police Division has proposed more traffic lights at key intersections, round-the-clock presence of guards at major construction sites and improved inter-agency co-operation as measures to tackle year-end road congestion.

In a meeting with the municipal People's Committee and its Department of Transport, division head Dao Vinh Thang identified the traffic intersections which face high risk of traffic congestion: Tay Son-Thai Thinh; Xa Dan-Nam Dong in Dong Da District, Dai La-Tran Dai Nghia in Hai Ba Trung District; and Nguyen Huu Tho-Nguyen Xien in Hoang Mai District.

Thang also said that project investors should work with other agencies to install enough warning signs and signals and assign people to be on duty round the clock at construction sites so as to ensure steady flow of traffic.

He said concerned agencies should also guarantee stable power supply for traffic lights in the city.

The city now had 46 zones that face high risk of traffic congestion and 31 traffic accident "black zones," which are respectively 15 and 21 less than the same period last year, Thang said.

Fencing around several construction sites has narrowed the roads and caused traffic jams, he said.

Nguyen Quoc Hung, Deputy Chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee, said that inter-agency inspection teams made up of traffic police, inspectors and police should conduct more inspections to deter violations, especially in the city's inner districts, on national highway sections and construction sites.

Nearly 20 traffic light clusters in the Old Quarter should be repaired, he said.

He said concerned agencies should also inspect and carry out upgrades on roads in disrepair.

So far this year, more than 1,800 accidents have killed 560 people and injured at least 1,600 others in the capital city, according to the Traffic Police Division.

The districts that recorded the highest number of traffic accidents are Thuong Tin, Soc Son, Ba Vi and Gia Lam.

The city is estimated to have about 500,000 automobiles and nearly 5 million motorbikes. — VNS


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