HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport has proposed linking the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway with Long Phuoc Street in District 9, HCMC, to develop the traffic system in the eastern part of the city.
The department has urged the municipal government to ask the Ministry of Transport for approval for the proposal, the local media reported.
The department has also proposed building a junction under the Long Thanh Bridge across the Dong Nai River and linking District 9 with Dong Nai’s Long Thanh District to connect Long Phuoc Street with other roads.
According to the department, the plan is feasible and requires a short execution time. The connection road is planned to be built on agricultural land so it is convenient for site clearance.
Residents in District 9’s Long Phuoc Ward now have to travel to the city’s center through a 23-kilometer route passing through Long Phuoc, Long Thuan and Nguyen Duy Trinh streets, which is narrow. Meanwhile, the area has many cultural and educational projects, and some facilities of the Saigon Hi-Tech Park will be added to build a highly innovative and interactive urban area in the east of the city.
The connection is necessary as it will help shorten the travel time between District 9 and the city’s center to 18 kilometers and contribute to the eastern area’s socioeconomic development.
The HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway, which was opened to traffic in early 2015, has a total length of 55 kilometers. More than VND20.6 trillion was spent on the four-lane road.
It has been connected with Mai Chi Tho Avenue at the An Phu Intersection and Ring Road No. 2 in District 2.
A tollgate of the expressway is located in Long Phuoc Ward but the expressway has yet to be connected with the area.
In a plan to develop infrastructure in the eastern area, the HCMC Department of Transport has proposed developing the traffic system there in a smart manner in the next decade, which requires VND300 trillion.