HCMC opens Rach Chiec 2 Bridge to traffic

Rach Chiec 2 Bridge in the eastern belt road or the belt road no.2 was opened to traffic in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday at a ceremony attended by deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee Le Van Khoa.

Rach Chiec 2 Bridge in the eastern belt road opens to traffic on January 30 (Photo: SGGP)

The bridge will reduce traffic jam in the eastern gateway to the city especially areas near Cat Lai Port, Saigon Hi-Tech Park, Hanoi Highway and Le Van Viet Street, Mr. Khoa stressed.

HCMC has instructed the Department of Transport to work with traffic police, the Urban Traffic Management Zone 2--investor of the project and people’s committees in Districts 2, 9 and Thu Duc to effectively exploit the bridge and ensure smooth traffic along the belt road.

The Rach Chiec 2 Bridge project comprises two phases. The first phase built four lances along 868 meters, from Phu My Bridge to Hanoi Highway, at a total cost of VND871 billion (US$39.18 million).
According to plan, the 70 kilometer belt road no.2 starts from Nguyen Van Linh Street, cross Phu My Bridge and connect with Binh Thai Crossroads in Hanoi Highway.

It will go straightly to Go Dua Intersection, approach the National Highway 1A, pass Tan Tao Intersection and run along Ho Hoc Lam and Ba To Street and end at Nguyen Van Linh Street, creating a belt road closing about inner HCMC.

At the ceremony, Deputy Chairman Le Van Khoa required the Transport Department to quickly build My Thuy Intersection, consult the city government on a project to upgrade the belt road no.2’s stretch from Rach Chiec Bridge to Pham Van Dong Street and Go Dua Intersection.

HCMC will propose the Ministry of Transport to give financial assistance for construction of An Phu Intersection of HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway, Mai Chi Tho and Luong Dinh Cua Street, he added.

By Quoc Hung – Translated by Hai Mien

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