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New HCM City fly-overs make congestion worse

Update: October, 17/2013 - 09:41

HCM CITY (VNS) — Two fly-overs that were built recently in HCM City to ease traffic flow in particularly congested areas have worsened the problem, local residents lament.

The traffic situation may have improved at the Lang Cha Ca Roundabout and Cong Hoa-HoangHoa Tham Intersection above which the fly-overs go, but after vehicles pass swiftly through the fly-overs, they end up gridlocked at their bottom.

People living near the two areas complain that the traffic situation in the surrounding areas is worse than before the fly-overs were built.

The fly-overs have merely shifted the congestion from one place to another, especially in the Cong Hoa area, many said.

Pham Duc Nhuan, who lives near Cong Hoa Street, recalled that the two-kilometre stretch from Lang Cha Ca Roundabout to Hoang Hoa Tham would take an hour to traverse before the two steel fly-overs were built.

Now it takes him only five minutes. But then the narrow road sections at the end of the two fly-overs are routinely gridlocked at at least three points, he said.

Nguyen Van Toan of the city Department of Transport said his agency realised the problem after the fly-overs were opened.

It is considering solutions, he said.

Traffic regulation in the area is also inefficient, he admitted, adding some sign boards would be adjusted there. — VNS

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