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HCMC considering elevated roadway near Tan Son Nhat

Released at: 20:00, 09/05/2017

HCMC considering elevated roadway near Tan Son Nhat

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New roadway to alleviate localized congestion around airport and be built under the PPP model.

by Ngoc Chi

Ho Chi Minh City is considering a plan to build an elevated roadway in the area around Tan Son Nhat International Airport with expected investment capital of VND2.6 trillion ($111.4 million), in a bid to alleviate localized congestion.

The plan was proposed by a joint venture of three companies: Corporation 319 under the Ministry of National Defense, East Mekong Commerce, Services, Manufacture and Construction Company, and Dong A Infrastructure Corporation.

The 3.24-km roadway will be built under the public private partnership (PPP) model.

It will start at Terminal T2, travel above Domestic Terminal T1 to Thang Long and Phan Thuc Duyen Streets, cross Hoang Van Thu Park and a nearby intersection, and rejoin regular traffic at Hoang Van Thu and Nguyen Van Troi Streets.

“The road will allow motorists leave the airport in the fastest time possible,” Mr. Hoang Dinh, Project Director at the Dong A Infrastructure Corporation, told local media. PPP is a suitable model, he added, given the difficulties facing budget resources and in calling for ODA.

Traffic congestion costs the city more than $820 million each year, research from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology found. The situation worsens every day due to construction sites and poor land use planning resulting in transport infrastructure failing to meet needs.

There have been no effective solutions introduced to deal with the rise in the number of personal vehicles, he added, and bus routes have proven inadequate. 

According to the city’s Department of Transport, it now has more than 7.5 million vehicles (including nearly 7 million motorcycles) on its streets, a year-on-year increase of 6.77 per cent, excluding millions of vehicles registered in other provinces and used in the city every day. 

Ho Chi Minh City is pushing forward with upgrading and expanding its arterial roads and building elevated roadways and parking lots. It is also accelerating construction of two urban railway lines and one bus rapid transit (BRT) project, along with building new bus terminals in outlying areas.

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