Tet travel heavily overloads roads to Mekong Delta

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Tens of thousands of people from HCMC and southeastern provinces returned to their hometowns in the Mekong Delta to celebrate the Tet holidays on February 11, overloading National Highway 1A and other routes such as Highway N2 and Highway 50 and causing badly traffic jam.

A traffic jam stretches over 10 kilometers in Highway N2, Bến Lức district, Long An province in the photo taken from Minh Hai's Facebook posting

A traffic jam stretches over 10 kilometers in Highway N2, Bến Lức district, Long An province in the photo taken from Minh Hai's Facebook posting

According to Sai Gon Giai Phong reporters’ record, badly traffic jam occurred in the national highway in Long An and Tien Giang provinces and My Thuan bridge because of highly surging vehicles and residents’ road encroachment for Tet goods sales.
Many families were found tired carrying their children and belongings by motorbikes in congested streets.
Traffic condition through Rach Mieu bridge has been complicated from February 10 until now although the BOT toll booth at the bridge has shut down many times. The narrow bridge caused severe traffic jams lasting up to five kilometers from Rach Mieu bridge to Ba Lai bridge.
Rach Mieu Bridge BOT Company said that the bridge received 17,000 vehicles a day these days, up over 3,000 vehicles as normal.
Besides those returning to their hometowns to welcome the Tet holiday, there have been lot of vehicles transporting goods, flowers and ornamental plants from the Mekong Delta to HCMC.
The transport industry forecast that peak travel time in National Highway 1A to the Mekong Delta will be from today to February 15 and traffic jam will be likely in intersections with the highway, HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway, Rach Mieu Bridge, My Thuan bridge and many small bridges.
Mr. Nguyen Phuc Dien, head of Vietnam Airlines branch in Can Tho city, said that there was a flight from Taiwan (China) to Can Tho city on February 10 and there would be another on February 13. These flights mainly carry families of Vietnamese brides back to their hometowns to enjoy the Lunar New Year.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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