The transport department in Ho Chi Minh City has released the latest schedule for road closures to make way for celebrations of the upcoming national holidays.
Under the updated plan, more streets will be closed from traffic starting Friday.
Downtown sections of Cach Mang Thang Tam, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Nguyen Binh Khiem, Nguyen Huu Canh, Ton Đuc Thang, Ham Nghi, Le Lai, Pham Hong Thai – the red strip on the map – will be blocked, creating a much larger no-vehicle zone that was previously announced.
Vehicles will not be allowed to enter the zone from 7 p.m. to midnight. on April 24 and from 4 a.m. to noon on April 26 and April 30.
The transport department once again asked city dwellers and companies to plan for detours.
The city has already closed sections of Le Duan and Pasteur in front of the Independence Palace for a few weeks as it prepares for celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the country's reunification.
Closings between March 30 and May 6 include a section of Pasteur St. between Han Thuyen and Alexandre de Rhodes, and a section of Le Duan between Pham Ngoc Thach and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia.
Vehicles are not allowed to stop or park on Han Thuyen and Alexandre de Rhodes.
1. For those traveling east to west (from Binh Thanh, Tan Binh districts)
-Route 1: Xo Viet Nghe Tinh - Thi Nghe Bridge - Hoang Sa - Nguyen Dinh Chieu - Ly Thai To.
-Route 2: Xo Viet Nghe Tinh - Thi Nghe Bridge - Hoang Sa - Nguyen Dinh Chieu - Nguyen Binh Khiem - Dien Bien Phu - Dinh Tien Hoang - Vo Thi Sau - Cach Mang Thang Tam.
-Route 3: Xo Viet Nghe Tinh - Hang Xanh Roundabout - Dien Bien Phu - Nguyen Huu Canh - Thu Thiem Bridge - Mai Chi Tho - Sai Gon River Tunnel - Vo Van Kiet - Pho Duc Chinh - Ham Nghi - Khanh Hoi Bridge - Nguyen Tat Thanh.
2. For those traveling west to east (from districts 4, 5 and 10)
-Route 1: Ly Thai To - Dien Bien Phu - Nguyen Binh Khiem - Nguyen Thi Minh Khai - Xo Viet Nghe Tinh.
-Route 2: Cach Mang Thang Tam - Ly Chinh Thang - Hai Ba Trung - Hoang Sa - Dien Bien Phu - Hang Xanh Roundabout - Xo Viet Nghe Tinh.
-Route 3: Nguyen Tat Thanh - Hoang Dieu - Doan Van Bo – Calmette Bridge - Vo Van Kiet – Sai Gon River Tunnel - Mai Chi Tho - Thu Thiem Bridge - Nguyen Huu Canh - Dien Bien Phu - Xo Viet Nghe Tinh - Bach Dang - Phan Dang Luu - Hoang Van Thu.