Roadwork leaves Saigon artery under thick coat of dust

By Quynh Tran   December 27, 2016 | 06:50 pm GMT+7

Drivers and residents have been trying everything they can to survive the gray, lung-clogging clouds on the highway.

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Since the Hanoi Highway expansion project was launched three months ago, local residents and drivers have been putting up with pollution every day. 

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The worst-hit area is this intersection in Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District, where another tunnel and two other overpasses are also being built.

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Many drivers have to turn on the fog lights.

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As the main route linking Ho Chi Minh City and southeastern provinces, the highway is almost always heavy with traffic.

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The road has become a nightmare for many people.

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A man squints and covers his nose when driving through the clouds of dust.

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“I splash water on the road four times a day, but it doesn't seem to help," says a local.

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“Every time I leave my truck here, I have to clean it up soon later,” driver Le Minh Tan says.

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Son, owner of a motorbike repair shop, says he often has to wear a mask. "The shop needs cleaning up every day,” he says.

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Plants are also coated under a thick layer of dust. The road expansion project, costing an estimated VND518 billion ($22.8 million), is expected to be finished by the end of 2017.

Photos by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

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