Viet Nam News
ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city of Đà Nẵng started construction yesterday of a tunnel at the junction of Điện Biên Phủ, Nguyễn Tri Phương and Lê Độ streets, one of the busiest roundabouts in the city.
It will be the second such road project after a tunnel at the West Hàn River bank traffic intersection commenced construction in October.
The road tunnel project, which is included in the World Bank-funded sustainable development project with a total investment of VNĐ220 billion (US$9.77 million), will replace the current ground-level intersection by a system of 160m-long open air tunnels and 80m underground tunnels. There will be two lanes for Bus Rapid Transit along with another two lanes.
An excavator starts digging for a road tunnel construction project at the junction of Điện Biên Phủ, Nguyễn Tri Phương and Lê Độ, one of the busiest roundabouts, in Đà Nẵng. — VNS Photo Công Thành
The project, which covers 48,000sq.m, will help ease traffic jams, while not destroying urban structures or incurring the cost of land clearance.
"It’s one of the key projects of the city’s sustainable development in promoting public transport and a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network. The road tunnel project will offer smooth transport with a multi-level road intersection, and will not require land clearance and resettlement," Mai Đình Khánh from the city’s transport department told Việt Nam News at the ground-breaking ceremony.
He said the project would ease congestion and reduce the pollution of rapid urbanisation and would encourage a higher use of public transport for daily commutes.
Nguyển Hữu Tuấn, deputy general director of Thuận An construction and trading joint-stock company, a contractor of the project, said the tunnel will be completed next October before the 2017 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation) Summit in Đà Nẵng.
“We plan to speed up construction of the project before hosting APEC. The tunnel will be used during the biggest event which will be held in the city next year,” Tuấn said.
An overview of Điện Biên Phủ, Nguyễn Tri Phương and Lê Độ intersection, one of the busiest roundabouts in Đà Nẵng.— VNS Photo Công Thành
With a population of one million, Đà Nẵng’s current public transit system is not meeting the needs of local residents with only 1 per cent of the 2.5 million daily journeys made by public transport.
The city also plans to build a metro, tramway, underground and sky train between 2020 and 2030.
In October, the city began construction the VNÐ137.5-billion ($6.11 million) road tunnel at the intersection of Lê Duẩn and Trần Phú streets.
Đà Nẵng, the third largest city in Việt Nam, has invested a lot in urban development to make it the largest city in the central region and a green city by 2025, with funds from the World Bank.
In 2013, the World Bank agreed to provide $202 million for a $272 million sustainable development project to help build the city’s Bus Rapid Transit network, build new roads and revamp the drainage system.
The bank also funded a five-year priority infrastructure project for the city, by covering 70 per cent of the total investment of $218.4 million.
Last year, the city put into operation a three-level rail and road flyover at Huế Junction to alleviate congestion. — VNS