In the first six months of this year, Ho Chi Minh City finished and opened more than ten major road projects, city authorities announced recently.
|Cha Va Bridge connecting Districts 8 and 5 opens to traffic on May 19. (Photo: SGGP)|
According to the HCMC People’ Committee, the completion of such projects shows the city’s commitment to infrastructure improvement during the world economic crisis.
However, many projects were often behind schedule, due in part to site clearance, land compensation, land transfer and lack of capital.
The design for Thu Thiem Bridge construction project, for its second phase, has been approved, but building work has still yet to begin.
The same situation is also seen for Tan Son Nhat – Binh Loi Street, which runs through Tan Binh, Go Vap, Binh Thanh and Thu Duc Districts.
With the slow progress of ground clearance at the current time, construction work will not start in 2010, as scheduled.
The Interprovincial Road No.25B project, District 2, is in its second phase and is expected to be finished June 2010, though is dependent on compensation and resettlement.
According to the city’s Economy and Budget Department, currently the city has 88 road projects which are behind schedule and over budget by VND2.9 billion (US$163,000).
The ten construction projects completed in the first half of this year are:
Khanh Hoi Bridge, which links District 4 to downtown District 1
Calmette Bridge, which links District 1 and District 4 over Ben Nghe canal
Y Bridge and Cha Va Bridge, which connect Districts 5 and 8
Ong Tranh Bridge under East- West Avenue, District 6
Nguyen Van Troi, or Cong Ly Bridge, which connects Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Nguyen Van Troi streets, district 3
Nguyen Van Cu Bridge in District 5, which connects District 1,4,5,8
Ong Buong Bridge in Hong Bang Street, District 6
The second phase of the north-south axis street (Nguyen Huu Tho Street)
The upgrade of Tan Thuan No.1 Bridge and Nguyen Xien Street, District 4 and 7