Southern highway reduces speed limit after accidents

The speed limit along the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Highway, which opened to traffic in February this year, has been lowered from 100km per hour previously to 80km per hour now.

A speed limit sign along the HCMC-Trung Luong Highway (Photo: SGGP)
According to Do Ngoc Dung, deputy general director of PMU My Thuan, the investor of the expressway, accidents have occurred along the route due to speeding drivers.

Many drivers, however, added that accidents regularly happen on the road when vehicles’ tires blow out due to the rough, uneven pavement on the expressway.

The highway was built to connect HCMC and Mekong Delta provinces. Along the stretch from Tien Giang Province to HCMC, reporters found the road surface was not level, while the condition of pavement was worse on bridges.

Mr. Dung said the expressway project’s management board would soon make repairs to the road, adding that the highway is routed through a challenging geological area where loose mud runs 28 meters deep in some places.

In related news, the detour connecting Highway 91 in Binh My Commune, Chau Phu District, An Giang Province officially opened to traffic on April 14.

Nguyen Thanh Tam, director of the province’s Department of Transport, said that the two-lane detour is 500m wide and 9m long, running parallel with a section of highway that collapsed into the Hau River in March.

By staff writers – Translated by Hong Nhung

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