Nguyen Thai Son-Nguyen Kiem intersection in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport will focus on implementing major projects to reduce traffic congestion and traffic accidents in 2019.

The department will strive to put 75km of new roads and 17 bridges into operation within the year.

It will prioritise projects in key intersections, belt roads and city gateways, while striving to complete 24 important underway projects such as My Thuy crossroad, An Suong tunnel and Nguyen Thai Son-Nguyen Kiem flyover.

Additionally, the city transport sector will speed up other major projects such as the road connecting Pham Van Dong street with Go Dua crossroad, Thu Thiem 2 bridge, the intersection at Ho Chi Minh National University, the Luong Dinh Cua street upgrade and Ong Nhieu bridge.

In 2019, the department plans to launch 27 new projects, including the repairing of Nguyen Huu Canh street, the expansion of Dong Van Cong street, the construction of Nguyen Huu Tho-Nguyen Van Linh crossroad, Binh Tien bridge, four main roads in Thu Thiem urban area, as well as the expansion of Hanoi Highway.

Several roads around Tan Son Nhat International Airport will be broadened, including Hoang Hoa Tham and Cong Hoa streets.

According to Tran Quang Lam, Vice Director of the municipal Department of Transport, Tan Son Nhat International Airport’s Terminal 3 is expected to become operation in 2021 with a capacity of 20 million passengers per year. Therefore, roads surrounding the airport must be improved to prevent congestion.

The department has proposed the construction of belt road No.3 to ease traffic jams in the area.

In 2018, the city concluded a number of projects, including the expansion of Hoang Minh Giam street, the construction of the tunnel and flyover in My Thuy intersection project, a tunnel in An Suong intersection, and another at Ho Chi Minh City National University intersection, as well as a bridge crossing Kim Cuong island in District 2.-VNA