The steel Y-shaped flyover leading to Tan Son Nhat airport in HCM City opened to traffic two months earlier than planned (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - A flyover leading to both the domestic and international terminals at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City opened to traffic early on July 3 in the presence of the city’s leaders.

The Y-shaped steel structure rises from Truong Son Street in Tan Binh district before forking towards the two terminals and is expected to ease the congestion that has for long been plaguing the roads around Vietnam’s busiest airport.

The branches leading to the domestic and international terminals are respectively 150m and 300m.

The construction, begun last February, was completed two months ahead of schedule.

The 7.5m-wide flyover cost 242 billion VND (10.66 million USD).

Also on July 3, one branch of another major flyover near the airport opened to traffic after four months of construction, also two months ahead of schedule.

The eponymous flyover, starting at the Nguyen Thai Son roundabout in Go Vap district, will have three branches when fully finished: Hoang Minh Giam Street – Nguyen Thai Son Street (362.8m); Nguyen Kiem – Nguyen Thai Son (367.7m); and Nguyen Kiem – Hoang Minh Giam (367.7m).

Vehicles were allowed to use the Hoang Minh Giam – Nguyen Thai Son branch on July 3, and the other two are expected to be finished by year-end.

The total cost is projected at 504 billion VND (22.17 million USD).

Located less than 2km from the airport, this flyover is also expected to smooth traffic around it.

Tan Son Nhat receives 32.5 million passengers a year, much higher than its designed capacity of 25 million.-VNA