HCMC starts work on two flyovers to reduce airport traffic jam

Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Dinh La Thang yesterday morning attended the groundbreaking ceremony of two flyovers invested under a specialized mechanism to reduce traffic jams in streets to Tan Son Nhat International Airport area.

HCMC Party leader Dinh La Thang (R, 2nd) and People’s Committee deputy chairman Le Van Khoa (L, 2nd) at the groundbreaking ceremony of the two flyovers on February 8th (Photo: SGGP)

The project urgently financed by the city budget is aiming at reducing traffic jam for Tan Son Nhat Airport area, said deputy director of the Department of Transport Nguyen Van Tam.

The first work will be built above the intersection of Truong Son street and the approach road to Pham Van Dong street known as Tan Son Nhat-Binh Loi outer belt road. Once being built, the flyover will permit vehicles from Pham Van Dong street to travel straightly to the airport.

The Y shaped work comprises two branches. The first 302 meter one will connect Truong Son street with the international terminal at the airport while the second 154 meter branch will lead to the domestic terminal. It is expected to be built after six months of construction at the total cost of VND170 billion (US$7.5 million).

The second flyover will be built in N shape above the intersection of Nguyen Thai Son-Nguyen Kiem streets at Gia Dinh Park area with the total cost of VND352 billion ($15.52 million).

The first branch will be from Nguyen Kiem up to Hoang Minh Giam street with the total length of 368 meters. The second one will run from Hoang Minh Giam to Nguyen Thai Son street over 363 meters. The last will start at Nguyen Kiem street, go through Phu Nhuan intersection and end at Nguyen Thai Son street over 368 meters.

An artist’s impression of the flyover to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Truong Son street (Photo: SGGP)

Nguyen Kiem-Hoang Minh Giam and Hoang Minh Giam-Nguyen Thai Son branches are expected to be built in six months while Nguyen Kiem-Nguyen Thai Son branch will start construction right after site clearance is done and construction will complete in four months after.

Stating at the ceremony, deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee Le Van Khoa prompted advisors, contractors and relevant agencies to speed up progress to open the works to traffic but still ensure labor safety and not affect the life of local citizens.
He proposed the Transport Department to work with districts to urgently prepare for starting projects to broaden Hoang Hoa Tham street, Hoang Minh Giam street and Cong Hoa street, combining efforts to solve traffic jam at the airport area.

By Quoc Hung – Translated by Hai Mien

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