City prepares to open Thu Thiem Tunnel to traffic

Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, held a meeting on Friday to discuss plans to host an inaugural ceremony on November 20 for opening of the Thu Thiem Tunnel for traffic.

The District 1 entrance of the Thu Thiem Tunnel (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

According to the people’s committee organization board, the ceremony will be held at both ends of the tunnel, in District 1 as well as in District 2, while the main program will take place in District 2.

500 guests, including leaders from the Central Government, provinces and cities are expected to attend the ceremony. Senior officials from Japan and consulates in HCMC, along with representatives from foreign-invested business groups will be present on the occasion.
  
The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Committee will organize a walk in which 2,500 young people will walk through the 1.5km tunnel. They will then assign a volunteer youth group to plant trees along both sides of the tunnel.

Chairman Quan has instructed relevant units to do a thorough examination of the conditions in the tunnel and report findings to the city leaders during the final inspection which is expected to take place on October 29.

Thu Thiem Tunnel is an important section of the East West Highway in HCMC. The tunnel runs beneath the Saigon River, and is technically the most modern and advanced construction work in Southeast Asia.

The 33m wide and 9m high tunnel comprises of six lanes for both automobiles and motorcycles and two exit lanes. The maximum driving speed in the tunnel will be 60 kilometers an hour.

By Quoc Hung – Translated by Hai Mien

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