​Final look at future underpass through crucial Ho Chi Minh City intersection

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The first branch of a new underpass that serves to relieve traffic pressure on a crucial intersection northwest of Ho Chi Minh City is in its final stage of construction, with the opening day set for mid-March.

The An Suong Intersection, which separates the city’s District 12 and Hoc Mon District, has for years been dogged by congestion due to a large volume of traffic traveling between the city center and the neighboring provinces of Tay Ninh and Long An.

It is also the start of National Highway 22, which connects Ho Chi Minh City with Cambodia through the Moc Bai Border Gate in Tay Ninh.

Construction of an underpass at An Suong began in January 2017, at a total cost of VND514 billion (US$22.67 million).

The first branch of the underpass measures 445 meters in length and 9-9.5 meters in width, enough for two lanes of vehicles moving in one direction from Truong Chinh Street in District 12 to the National Highway 22 in Hoc Mon District.

Final works to install lighting systems are under way for the first branch’s planned opening on March 14.

Construction of the second branch, which runs in the opposite direction, will begin in the second quarter of 2018, according to Nguyen Cuong Thinh, chief supervisor of the underpass project.

The underpass is built to withstand earthquakes of up to a magnitude of seven on the Richter scale.

Upon the its completion, An Suong will become the second three-level intersection in Ho Chi Minh City, after the Thu Thiem Intersection in Binh Thanh District.

Workers install asphalt on the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers install asphalt on the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers install lighting systems inside the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers install lighting systems inside the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A worker rolls a barrel of asphalt inside the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A worker rolls a barrel of asphalt inside the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers install asphalt on the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers install asphalt on the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A worker finishes a concrete curb inside the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A worker finishes a concrete curb inside the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A worker cleans the inside of the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A worker cleans the inside of the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Two workers sit on the curb of the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Two workers sit on the curb of the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers take a break inside the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers take a break inside the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A lighting control board is installed at one end of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A lighting control board is installed at one end of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A traffic light is seen at one end of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A traffic light is seen at one end of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers remove barriers from the street after finishing construction of the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers remove barriers from the street after finishing construction of the first branch of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers finish the outside of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers finish the outside of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The reflection of a car is seen through a mirror on a roller working at the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The reflection of a car is seen through a mirror on a roller working at the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the An Suong underpass in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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