|Traffic congestion in Đồng Văn Cống Road on the way from District 2 to Cát Lái Port.— Photo vnexpress.net|
HCM CITY — The HCM City People’s Committee has instructed relevant agencies to clear congestion on roads leading to Cát Lái Port in District 2, especially Nguyễn Thị Định Street and the Mỹ Thủy intersection.
The Department of Transport, the police and Sài Gòn New Port Corporation have been tasked with drawing up proposals for several projects like upgrading the Eastern Belt Road, building Bà Cua Bridge, widening Nguyễn Thị Định Street, developing inland waterway transport on the Đồng Nai River, and building Tăng Long and Ông Nhiêu bridges on Nguyễn Duy Trinh Street to improve traffic flows in the area.
Some other projects are encouraged to be carried out in public-private partnership (PPP) mode. They include a road between Rạch Chiếc Bridge and Hà Nội Highway and expansion of Nguyễn Duy Trinh Street, which connecting Ring Road No 2 with the Phú Hữu Industrial Park in District 9.
According to the People’s Committee, the transport department also plans to build roads linking Cát Lái Port with Ring Road No 2 and Phú Hữu Port. It has been asked with upgrading the section of Ring Road No 2 from the Mỹ Thủy intersection to Rạch Chiếc Bridge.
The latter, to cost VNĐ268 billion (US$12 million), is expected to be completed by 2018.
Cát Lái Port, situated in HCM City’s eastern gateway, has for long been a traffic congestion hotspot with an average of 16,000-17,000 trucks making trips to it daily.
The city administration has called for proactively resolving the problem by setting up more entry points to the port and adding more lanes on several roads among other measures. – VNS