Vietnam metro opens 2 steel flyovers to traffic

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     The steel overpass at the Cong Hoa Hoang Hoa Tham intersection in Tan Binh District opened Tuesday along with another in District 10

Two overpasses opened to traffic in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday as part of the administration's ongoing efforts to relieve congestion at key road intersections.

The overpasses, one at the Ba Thang Hai Nguyen Tri Phuong Thanh Thai Ly Thai To intersection in District 10 and the other at the Cong Hoa Hoang Hoa Tham intersection in Tan Binh District, were built in just four months, a month ahead of schedule.

The two-lane structures, both 9.5 meters wide, allow motorbikes, cars and buses to travel at up to 50 kilometers per hour, but pedestrians, bicycles, self-modified vehicles, and trucks weighing more than 10 tons are banned from using them.

Le Quyet Thang, director of the city's Urban Traffic Management Area No. 1, which built them, said at the inauguration ceremony that they would help ease traffic heading downtown and to Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

The two, which totally cost VND565.4 billion (US$26.7 million), take the number of steel overpasses in HCMC to five.

An overpass at Lang Cha Ca roundabout in Tan Binh District opened in April, while the two others at Thu Duc intersection in the eponymous district and Hang Xanh intersection in Binh Thanh District opened last year.

A sixth steel flyover, being built at the Cay Go roundabout in District 11, is expected to be ready in October.

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