Traffic congestion returns to HCMC

With the Tet holiday makers returning to Ho Chi Minh City, the traffic congestion is also back as usual.

Traffic congestion during peak hours in HCMC (File photo: SGGP)

Over the last few days, the eastern gateways to the city have faced traffic jams for several hours a day.

Areas near Binh Trieu 2 and around Mien Dong (East) Bus Station have been greatly inconvenienced as the daily morning traffic barely inches its way forward in the intense congestion.

The situation is no better on Highway 13 on the section crossing of Kha Van Can Street in Thu Duc District.

At the western entry point to the city on 1A Highway section from An Lac roundabout in Binh Tan District to the area adjacent Long An Province, a daily traffic gridlock occurs between 7-9am and 5-8pm.

The section stretches for less than five kilometers but is marred with six “black” spots facing traffic congestion and prone to accidents.

A similar scenario exists at An Suong crossroad in District 12 where the volume of trucks, container vehicles and motorcycles have far exceeded the crossroad capacity.

Many people fear that when the road repair work commences again the city traffic will again become unbearably congested.

By Quoc Hung – Translated by Ngoc Thanh

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