HCMC road expansion to ease western gateway gridlock

By Gia Minh   November 24, 2023 | 03:44 pm PT
HCMC road expansion to ease western gateway gridlock
Vinh Loc Street in Binh Chanh District, HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Ha Giang
Vinh Loc Street, a slim 7-kilometer drag through Binh Chanh and Binh Tan Districts, will be expanded to 30-meters wide to lessen intense traffic plaguing west Ho Chi Minh City.

According to a plan proposed by the city’s Transport Department, the VND4.344 trillion-project (US$178.5 million) will be carried out by municipal funds is expected to be approved by legislators next month. Work is scheduled to last until 2027.

Planners aim to enlarge a 7.2-km-long of the 7-8-meter-wide street to 30 meters. The section connects Binh Chanh and Binh Tan Districts with Hoc Mon District on the city’s outskirts.

Construction of a new 31-meter-long bridge will also be part of the project.

It had been previously planned that Vinh Loc Street would be expanded to just 18 meters wide, but the plan has been adjusted to meet the heavy traffic volumes in the area.

According to Binh Chanh District authorities, the widened road will boost inter-district connections while reducing congestion and accidents in the area.

The narrowness of Vinh Loc Street has remained a bottleneck in the district, the city's gateway to the Mekong Delta, for many years.

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