Friday , July 12 2024

HCMC plans elevated road project to ease congestion near Tan Son Nhat airport

Ho Chi Minh City is developing an elevated road project to alleviate congestion at the northwest gateway, connecting to Tan Son Nhat airport with a VND12-trillion (US$470-million) budget.

As planned by the city’s Department of Transport, the elevated route will be built along the Truong Chinh and Cong Hoa streets that lead to Tan Son Nhat Airport.

The 11.2-km-long and four-lane road is expected to be carried out under a public-private partnership (PPP) model, with the state budget covering about 50% of the total investment. The rest will be private investment.

The elevated route will primarily utilize the median strips between Truong Chinh and Cong Hoa, thus the estimated cost for land clearance and relocation of technical infrastructure is about VND800 billion.

This approach is deemed feasible and would save more compensation money compared to expanding on both sides.

Truong Chinh – Cong Hoa is a vital corridor at the city’s northwest gateway, connecting districts 12, Tan Binh, Tan Phu, and Hoc Mon with the city center and Tan Son Nhat airport.

However, traffic on these routes currently exceeds design capacity and is frequently congested. In particular, the section of Cong Hoa passing through Hoang Hoa Tham intersection is one of the city’s major congestion points, despite the construction of an overpass there.

In addition to the elevated road project, there are several other key projects that have been proposed by the Department of Transport to reduce congestion and complete the traffic network in the area.

They include renovating a 9-km section of National Highway 22 to 60 m, with a budget of more than VND7 trillion.

A section of nearly 800 m long of Truong Chinh Street will also be expanded, with an estimated cost of about VND4.5 trillion.

HCMC has planned for five elevated routes totaling nearly 71 km, but none has been invested in so far.

A private investor last week offered to run a 30-km driverless tram service between HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport and Dam Sen Park to reduce congestion in the airport’s vicinity, at an estimated cost of VND20 trillion.

A screenshot from GoogleMaps that shows Tan Son Nhat airport, Cong Hoa and Truong Chinh streets in HCMCs Tan Binh District.

A screenshot from GoogleMaps that shows Tan Son Nhat airport, Cong Hoa and Truong Chinh streets in HCMC’s Tan Binh District.

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