Vietnam's first underwater tunnel to open in November

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Vietnam's first underwater tunnel will open to traffic on November 22 to commemorate the 71st anniversary of southern Vietnam's victory over French occupation, VnExpress reported Wednesday.


The 1.5-kilometer Thu Thiem Tunnel crosses under the Saigon River and will be totally open to traffic along with the 22-kilometer East West Highway, according to the newswire.


VnExpress quoted members of the HCMC People's Committee as saying that the tunnel, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, will be divided into six lanes. Certain hours of the day will be set aside for truck traffic, according to the source.


The tunnel is nine meters high and is designed to accomodate vehicles travelling up to 60 kilometers per hour. Its construction finished last September, after five years of work.


This October search and rescue exercises will be conducted in preparation for the tunnel's opening ceremony, according to VnExpress.


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