People walk on a pedestrian bridge in Hà Nội. The city plans to build more ten bridges for pedestrians in the city. VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội plans to build ten more pedestrian bridges in crowded streets in the inner city in an attempt to reduce traffic congestion and ensure safety.
Seven steel structure frame pedestrian bridges will be built along the routes of Nguyễn Trãi in Thanh Xuân District, Láng in Đống Đa District and Nguyễn Văn Cừ in Long Biên District. Traffic is held up with long tailbacks in these streets, especially during rush hours.
The remaining three pedestrian bridges will be built across Tô Lịch River.
The city’s People’s Committee has approved projects to build four pedestrian bridges. Of that, one is at the T-junction of Triều Khúc Road in Thanh Xuân District and three in Nguyễn Văn Cừ Street in Long Biên District.
The four bridges will be assembled with a steel structure with surface drainage system. The construction is scheduled to finish next year.
In reply to the municipal Department of Planning and Investment’s requirement on evaluating the construction of three pedestrian bridges across Tô Lịch River and three bridges along Láng Street, the Department of Transport said the construction was necessary and urgent.
There is a high density of agencies, schools and vehicles in Láng Street. The demand of moving across Láng Road to the sidewalk section of Tô Lịch River as well as the need for walking across the river has been increased.
Three bridges include Tô Lịch 1 Bridge, which locates between the Cót and 361 bridges, Tô Lịch 2 Bridge locating between 361 and Trung Hoà bridges, and Tô Lịch 3 Bridge locating between Trung Hoà and Hoà Mục bridges. Each bridge has an estimated length of 40 metres.
The pedestrian bridges along Láng Road includes Bridge No1 locating near 1174 Láng Road with a length of 43m, Bridge No2 near 778 Láng Road with a length 33m, and Bridge No3 near Láng Hạ Market with a length of 41m.
According to the department Láng Road connects three big districts including Thanh Xuân, Đống Đa and Cầu Giấy, and plays an important route in connecting the Nội Bài International Airport.
It has a high density of vehicles, posing risks for pedestrians as the bus stops are far from existing bridges.
The construction of the bridges is urgent to ensure safety and convenience for pedestrians. VNS