HCMC residents will see several roads cleared of ongoing construction work well in time to celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year).
|Vehicles jostle to get through a stretch with road work on Phan Dinh Phung Street, Phu Nhuan District on January 25 (Photo: SGGP)|
The construction units met with their deadline to clear the streets by yesterday afternoon. Travel has since eased on streets such as Vo Thi Sau in District 3, Hanoi Highway in Thu Duc, Nguyen Kiem in Phu Nhuan, Ngo Quyen in District 5 and Ba Hom in District 6.
One owner of a grocery store on the crossroad of Hai Ba Trung and Vo Thi Sau streets welcomed the halt to roadwork which had started more than six months back and had hampered her business.
The normally congested and busy Hai Ba Trung and Phan Dinh Phung streets, which link the city to downtown areas and to the Go Vap District, experienced further traffic pressure during the ongoing road repair work. Vehicles are now moving easily here and in other cross sections like Dinh Tien Hoang – Vo Thi Sau, Nguyen Trong Tuyen – Phan Dinh Phung and Cach Mang Thang Tam – Pham Van Hai.
Not all road works have been cleared though. The cross section of Bui Huu Nghia and Vu Tung in Binh Thanh District and the area near the Kieu Bridge in Phu Nhuan have still to be cleared and no workers were found working in these areas either.
Recently, shoppers streaming in to make purchases for Tet near Ba Chieu Market were greatly inconvenienced by heavy traffic jams on the Bui Huu Nghia – Vu Tung intersection.
According to the city Department of Transport, construction has been halted for more than 20 days, from January 18 to February 10, to facilitate Tet celebrations.
Inspectors from the department also claimed that the city now has only about 60 ongoing road works on 32 streets which is only half the number since last year.
Road works construction to pause for New Year holidays