Vietnam’s capital city key ring road nears completion

Vehicles on HCMC-Trung Luong, the only expressway now running across the Mekong Delta. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Hoa. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

HO CHI MINH, Nov 23, 2020, VN Express. Two sections of HCMC’s Ring Road 2 running a total of six kilometers are set to be approved at a cost of VND14.6 trillion ($630 million) next month. They are part of a 14-kilometer gap remaining in the road, a key piece of infrastructure in a city of 13 million which frequently suffers from traffic congestion, according to the local Department of Transport, VN Express reported.

One section runs 3.5 kilometers from Phu Huu Bridge in District 9 to the Binh Thai Intersection on Hanoi Highway in Thu Duc District and will cost over VND9 trillion.

It will have six lanes and an overpass under the metro line number 1 that is under construction.

The second will start at the end of the first at the Binh Thai Intersection and run 2.5 km to the Linh Dong Fork on Pham Van Dong Road in Thu Duc District.

It will cost VND5.6 trillion, and also have six lanes and an overpass.

Of the remaining eight kilometers of the ring road, the city is making plans to raise funds to build it in two more sections, completing the 64-km road through the districts of Binh Chanh, 7, 9, and Thu Duc.

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