Traffic lights near HCMC airport proposed for replacement

By Gia Minh   February 20, 2024 | 05:05 pm PT
Traffic lights near HCMC airport proposed for replacement
Vehicles line up on Bach Dang Street, which leads towards HCMC's Tan Son Nhat Airport, in 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Minh
The traffic light system at 16 intersections near HCMC's Tan Son Nhat Airport may be replaced and connected with an operation center, at a cost of VND14.5 billion (US$590,000).

The replacement is among many measures to relieve traffic congestion around the international airport in Tan Binh District, and has been sent to the HCMC Department of Transport by the Road Traffic Infrastructure Management Center.

The current traffic light systems in several intersections alternate between green and red lights based on fixed intervals, which cannot be remotely controlled.

Seven intersections near the entrance to the airport on Hong Ha, Bach Dang, Dang Van Sam, Hoang Minh Giam, Pho Quang and Huynh Lan Khanh Streets are expected to have their traffic light system be replaced.

On Truong Chinh Street, which leads towards the aforementioned locations, seven traffic lights would also be replaced at various intersections and areas in front of Dong Quang and Lac Quang churches.

Traffic lights at the Ut Tich-Nguyen Thai Binh intersection in Tan Binh District, and the An Suong intersection bordering Hoc Mon and District 12, would also be replaced.

The new traffic light systems would be connected with the Urban Traffic Operation Management Center under the transport department, helping to optimize traffic flow and increase traffic capabilities at intersections. The total investment cost of the traffic lights is VND14.5 billion, with construction and equipment taking up VND5.7 billion.

Main routes leading into HCMC, like Cong Hoa and Truong Chinh, are frequently among the list of most congested points in the city, as the vehicle density in these areas has already surpassed their designed capacity.

Other measures to relieve traffic congestion in the area include vehicle bans during certain hours on certain routes.

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