|Motorbikes are allowed on slip road at HCM City – Long Thành – Dầu Giây expressway passes through HCM City and Đồng Nai Province. – VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Hải|
HCM CITY – Motorbikes will have access to the 4-km slip road connecting the HCM City – Long Thành – Dầu Giây (HLD) expressway beginning next Friday, according to the city’s Department of Transport.
Motorbikes will travel in an emergency parking lane starting from the junction of An Phú in HCM City’s District 2 to the junction of a second ring road in HCM City’s District 9.
The department, in cooperation with Việt Nam Expressway Corporation (VEC), is also installing a barrier between the motorbike lane and automobile lane, and is adjusting signboards and signal lights at the dividing lanes near the entrance lanes of the expressway.
Cars will operate at a maximum speed of 70km per hour on the lanes closest to the median of the slip road.
Cars, coaches and lorries weighing less than 3.5 tonnes will be allowed to run at the same speed in the middle lane, and motorbikes at a maximum speed of 50 km per hour in the right lane.
The arrangement allows for more efficient use of other parts of the expressway and reduces vehicle overload on Mai Chí Thọ, Nguyễn Duy Trinh, Đỗ Xuân Hợp and Võ Chí Công streets during the Tết (Lunar New Year) festival.
The 55-km long expressway opened in early 2015, costing more than VNĐ20.6 trillion (US$936 million). It passes through HCM City and Đồng Nai Province. – VNS