HCMC downtown street could get makeover as urban 'model'

By Gia Minh   May 7, 2024 | 10:56 pm PT
Thai Van Lung Street in downtown HCMC could be renovated to become a model street for urban development.

A pilot plan to improve traffic and use of space on the 400-meter street has been submitted by the Department of Transport to the city government after coordination with a team of Japanese and Vietnamese urban planning experts.

The renovation aims to create a "traffic culture and urban space model in the city."

An artists impression of Thai Van Lung Street after the refurbishment

An artist's impression of Thai Van Lung Street in HCMC after refurbishment.

According to the proposed design, the existing road will be narrowed to around five meters and the sidewalks widened to the same size.

Both will be paved with granite.

There will be designated spots for vehicles to pick up and drop off passengers, signage and electronic information boards. Greenery and lighting will be upgraded. Businesses on the street will have their décor revamped to match the landscape and other works.

The department plans to maintain existing traffic arrangements on the street during the week, but make it pedestrians-only on Saturdays and Sundays between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Thai Van Lung Street on May 7, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Minh

Thai Van Lung Street on May 7, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Minh

The cost of the work is estimated at VND30 billion (US$1.18 million).

The department will spend VND24 billion for renovating the road and sidewalks and adding public amenities.

Private sources will be tapped to install a welcome gate, trash bins, trees, and lighting.

If approved, the work will be completed by April next year.

Thai Van Lung Street has many hotels and eateries catering mainly to tourists. It often suffers from encroachment by street vendors and parked vehicles.

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