City bans traffic on main streets during Tet Festival

The City Transport Department has announced that all traffic will be banned on certain roads in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City for a few weeks, so as to facilitate the ongoing preparations and festive activities ahead of Tet Lunar New Year.

Vehicular traffic will be banned on Nguyen Hue Street from Jan 20-27 during the Tet Festival (Photo: SGGP)

Authorities have implemented such a ban ahead of Tet, so that preparations and decorations for the coming Lunar New Year can go ahead uninterrupted.

The ban on vehicular traffic will be implemented in two phases. Accordingly, all vehicular traffic, including cars and motorcycles, will not be allowed to use the main car lanes on Nguyen Hue Street but will all have to use the side motorcycle lanes from January 10-20. Cars will be allowed to drive on the side lanes but parking there will be strictly prohibited.

All vehicular traffic will be banned along the stretch between Ton Duc Thang and Nguyen Thiep Street from January 17-20. Traffic will be permitted on Ton Duc Thang-Ham Nghi-Pasteur-Le Loi-Nguyen Hue Streets.

Parts of Mac Thi Buoi and Ngo Duc Ke Streets will remain closed for traffic from January 15-20.

The second phase of the ban will be during the main celebrations of the Tet Festival. All vehicles will be prohibited from travelling on Nguyen Hue Street from January 20-27.

A section from Le Thanh Ton to Le Loi Street will close between 4pm-8pm on January 20 and 4pm-midnight on January 26.

Le Loi Street, a stretch from Pasteur to Dong Khoi Street will be closed for traffic from 4pm-8pm on January 20. A section from Quach Thi Trang roundabout to Hai Ba Trung Street will remain sealed off from 4pm- midnight on January 26.

Residents having homes along areas where Tet festivities will be held must seek guidance from the traffic police and traffic guides.

No automobiles will be permitted on Nguyen Van Dang Street along the section that crosses over the railway tracks in District 3, from now until February 15, to ensure uninterrupted train service during peak Tet holidays.

Vehicles should pay attention to sign boards or instructions of traffic guides and police when travelling in and around the city.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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