The capital city of Hanoi officially opened two new steel flyovers in an effort to ease congestion at Lang Ha-Thai Ha and Chua Boc-Tay Son junctions during rush-hour.

Work on the two flyovers, which had an investment of 132 billion VND (6.3 million USD) began in January.

Each of the two-lane flyovers, which are nine metres wide and five metres above ground at their highest point, was built from eight prefabricated steel pillars, which saved three months off the construction time.

Motorbikes and cars under three tonnes are permitted to use the flyovers, which have a 25kmph speed limit, while heavier vehicles, including nine-seat cars, buses and tractors, are not.

Hanoi People's Committee Chairman Nguyen The Thao said work will begin on a four-lane flyover at Le Van Luong-Lang Road junction in May. He expected work to be completed by December.

Under its transport master plan, by 2015 Ha Noi targets to build flyovers for light vehicles and motorbikes at the junctions of Hoang Quoc Viet-Pham Van Dong, North Thang Long-Pham Van Dong and Nguyen Son-Nguyen Van Cu.-VNA