|City leaders and leaders of Quang Ngai attend in the renaming ceremony (Photo:SGGP)|
The new name is to honor the birthday of the Prime Minister, said Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan.
The intersection was previously named Tan Son Nhat-Binh Loi outer belt road.
Prime Minister Dong is famous for being an outstanding student of late President Ho Chi Minh, said Chairman Quan. Changing the name aims to express deep gratitude and honor his contributions to the development of Vietnam.
The road is over 14 kilometers long and begins at Nguyen Thai Son crossroad in Go Vap District and runs through Linh Xuan Intersection in Thu Duc District. It is a major route connecting the city center with neighboring provinces such as Binh Duong and Dong Nai.
It began construction on June 2008 with a total investment of US $340 million. It was the first foreign-invested project in Vietnam designed by the South Korean GS Engineering and Construction Group.
Tan Son Nhat- Binh Loi outer belt road opened for traffic from Gia Dinh Park to Go Dua flyover on September 2013.
The rest of the road will be completed and open for traffic by the end of this year, according to the Department of Transportation. It will connect Binh Trieu Crossroad with National Highway 1A and is expected to drastically ease traffic from city center to the east side.
Secretary of Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of Party Provincial Committee of Quang Ngai Province, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, Chairwoman of HCMC People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, and additional city leaders attended the ceremony.