Resort town Da Lat installs its first traffic light

By Khanh Huong   October 5, 2021 | 06:00 am PT
Resort town Da Lat installs its first traffic light
The first traffic light in Da Lat, October 5, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Khanh Huong
Vietnam's famous hill resort town of Da Lat in the Central Highlands has installed its first ever traffic light to cope with increased traffic flows.

The traffic light was installed Tuesday at the junction of Hoang Van Thu, Tran Phu and Ba Thang Hai streets.

In keeping with its reputation as the Town of Flowers, the frame around the red, amber and green lights has a floral shape.

Da Lat authorities expect to install similar traffic lights at six other intersections this year as part of a VND142 billion ($6.24 million) project to ease traffic congestion in the resort town.

The town has seen a surge in visitors in recent years, especially during weekends and holidays, that increases traffic congestion in downtown areas.

In 2018, Da Lat said it was considering building a seven-storied public parking lot and banning buses of over 45 seats from entering its downtown area, but the plan has not been implemented.

The resort town was originally designed for around 90,000 people in the early 20th century, but its population has now ballooned to nearly 230,000 and it welcomes around seven million visitors a year.

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