HCMC wants An Phu intersection construction on fast track

HCMC wants An Phu intersection construction on fast track

Le Anh

HCMC – The HCMC government has urged the Ministry of Transport to approve an interchange development project for An Phu intersection in District 2 including an overpass and a tunnel.

The first phase of the project will need VND800 billion for construction of a two-way tunnel with four lanes connecting HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway and Mai Chi Tho Avenue towards the Saigon River Tunnel.

In an urgent correspondence sent on July 31 to the ministry, the city said the interchange, when completed, will be a three-level structure.

The first level will accommodate a two-way tunnel with two lanes each way connecting HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway and Mai Chi Tho Street. Besides, the city also proposed another two-lane tunnel linking the expressway and Luong Dinh Cua Street.

The second floor will be a two-lane overpass connecting Luong Dinh Cua Street and the expressway, and another two-lane overpass linking Cat Lai crossroads and Mai Chi Tho Avenue towards the expressway.

In the future, Long Thanh- Thu Thiem and HCMC-Nha Trang monorail lines will be built above the intersection, passing Mai Chi Tho Avenue towards Thu Thiem station.

To rapidly ease traffic congestion at the intersection, the municipal government proposed the Ministry of Transport approve the project’s scale and the investment solution for the first phase using surplus funds from the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

At a meeting between the city and the ministry early last month, Mai Tuan Anh, general director of Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC), said there was still a surplus sum of VND1.4 trillion from the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway project. However, the specific time to commence the interchange project remained unknown because the city and the ministry have yet to agree on the scale and the total investment of the first phase of the project.

An Phu intersection is the starting point of the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway, and the junction between Luong Dinh Cua Street and Mai Chi Tho Street. The intersection is always overcrowded with vehicles as this is the convergent point of four traffic directions.

Vehicles will have their own lanes after the completion of the overpass and tunnel, which will basically solve traffic congestion at the intersection.



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