In 2012, HCMC will kick off construction of many bridge and road projects on major gateways to the downtown area in an effort to ease the current traffic congestion, the city's transport department said.
According to a plan announced by the department, the construction of Saigon 2 Bridge, Binh Tien Bridge and Ha Huy Giap Parallel Road will be given top priority.
The Saigon 2 Bridge project aims to ease traffic overload from Hanoi Highway to downtown area via the existing Saigon 1 Bridge.
Meanwhile, the presence of Binh Tien Bridge will reduce traffic jams from Nguyen Tri Phuong Street and National Highway 50 to Long An Province.
A project to build the Ha Huy Giap Parallel Road, meanwhile, will control traffic congestion caused by heavy traffic from Binh Duong Province to HCMC through National Highway 13 and Binh Trieu Bridge. Given the spending cut policy, the city government will focus on key transport projects only. Besides, the transport department will strive for the completion of other civil engineering projects such as a road linking Phu My Bridge and Rach Chiec Bridge, Provincial Road 10 and 10B, Suoi Cai Bridge, and Rach Tra Bridge.