In Saigon, dealing with gridlock means causing more gridlock first

By Quynh Tran   July 7, 2017 | 02:45 pm GMT+7

Locals are being squeezed down narrow streets while an overpass to the airport is taking off above them.

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Streets in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap District have been blocked for months while the city was finishing an overpass leading to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, a project aimed at clearing chronic traffic congestion on the way to Vietnam's biggest airport.

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The barriers, however, have triggered serious gridlock.

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Tired faces in the morning...

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…and in the afternoon.

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The chaos around Nguyen Oanh Street.

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This man couldn't find space to make a U-turn, so he chose the sidewalk.

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One branch of the overpass was finished in January before the other was completed earlier this week.

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“Traffic jams last from dusk till dawn. It’s complete chaos whenever a police officer is not in sight as people do anything they want,” a local named Nguyen Thi Mai told VnExpress.