|The overpass at the Trường Sơn Road – Hồng Hà Road intersection in Tân Bình District. – VNS Photo Gia Lộc|
HCM CITY – The HCM City Department of Transport aims to complete 22 major transport projects by the end of the year, according to a report in the Người Lao Động (Labourer) newspaper.
At Mỹ Thủy Intersection in District 2, the Kỳ Hà Bridge No.3, an overpass on the Belt Road No. 2 and a tunnel under the Belt Road No. 2 to Cát Lái Port will be built. The project is worth VNĐ837 billion ($36.8 million).
The project is expected to reduce traffic congestion at Cát Lái Port area and nearby roads such as the Belt Road No. 2, Đồng Văn Cống and Mai Chí Thọ, according to the department.
A road from Bà Chiêm Bridge Intersection to Hiệp Phước Industrial Park in Nhà Bè District will also be built this year.
The project, worth VNĐ412 billion ($18 million), will connect the city’s inland container depot system with the Soài Rạp deep-water seaport via Nguyễn Văn Linh, Huỳnh Tấn Phát and Nguyễn Hữu Thọ streets.
Other transport projects include a new overpass on Hoàng Minh Giám Road at Gia Định Park, and the upgrading and widening of Hoàng Minh Giám Road in Tân Bình District.
A new road under the Bình Triệu Bridge in Thủ Đức District and a new Rạch Gia Bridge in Bình Chánh District will also be built.
The city’s transport infrastructure has not kept up with urbanisation, especially in densely populated areas, according to the department.
Bùi Xuân Cường, director of the department, said the department had met its goal last year of completing 106 km of new roads and 21 new bridges, which helped reduce congestion in four of 37 traffic-heavy sites in the city.
This year the department will speed up investing in zoned transport infrastructure and will give priority for transport projects in the Cát Lái Port area and Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport this year.
It will also invest in public transport projects at the city’s gateways to serve bus passengers, he said.
The city will also give investment priority for waterway transport projects on the Sài Gòn and Đồng Nai rivers this year. – VNS