By June end 241 road works were under way along 85 roads in Ho Chi Minh City, most of them part of three giant infrastructure projects -- Environmental Sanitation (Nhieu Loc- Thi Nghe Basin), East-west Highway, and Water Environment Improvement and Vietnam Urban Upgrade.
|A road being dug up in HCMC for infrastructure work (Photo: SGGP)|
The sanitation project alone requires 131 roads to be dug up, more than half of all roads partially closed off to traffic.
The Saigon Water Supply Corporation, Ho Chi Minh City Electric Power Trading Investment Corporation, and some districts are working on 40 other roads.
The digging has caused immense difficulty for road users, with authorities admitting that traffic jams have worsened since Tet last February.
The HCMC Department of Transport has slapped fines of VND3.5 billion (US$206,000) on contractors this year for 1,100 cases of flouting safety and other regulations. Seven of the works have been suspended for multiple violations.
But this has not done much to improve the situation, with slow progress, poor safety, and poorly re-laid roads continuing to plague the city.
The areas worst affected by the digging are of Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Phu Nhuan, and Binh Thanh Districts and parts of Districts 1, 3, and 10.
For the rest of the year, the three major projects will continue to encroach on 23 roads. The Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe project work will continue on Nguyen Kiem, Tran Quang Khai, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, and Le Van Sy Streets.
The water project will go on along Ly Thai To, 3 Thang 2, Ly Thuong Kiet, and Su Van Hanh Streets.
The urban upgrade project will see Au Co, Lac Long Quan, and Luy Ban Bich Streets partially blocked off.