A new underpass at ​My Thuy intersection in HCM City’s District 2 will help reduce traffic congestion on routes leading to ​Cat Lai Port (Photo: VNA).

HCM City (VNA) - An underpass was opened to traffic on January 31 at the My Thuy intersection in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2 to help reduce congestion on routes leading to Cat Lai Port.

The two-lane tunnel, which measures 405m in length and 9m in width, has a 40km/h speed limit.

Two and three-wheel vehicles and pedestrians are banned from using the tunnel.

Le Ngoc Hung, director of the city’s Urban Traffic Management Zone 2, said the tunnel would help reduce traffic jams at My Thuy intersection, which is the meeting point of two streets – Nguyen Thi Dinh leading to the port and Vo Chi Cong.

Vehicles travelling on the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway and Vo Chi Cong (Ring Road No 2) can now go through the tunnel to enter the port instead of going through the intersection, he said.

Construction on the My Thuy intersection began in June 2016 with total investment of around 840 billion VND (36.8 million USD) for the first phase.

Besides the underpass, a flyover is also expected to open for traffic before the end of April.

About 18,000 vehicles travel through My Thuy intersection every day. - VNA