Construction of Hanoi’s new viaduct to commence next month

Tuesday, 2017-10-10 11:43:14
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A viaduct connecting Mai Dich flyover and Thang Long Bridge will be built on Pham Van Dong road. (Credit:
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NDO – Construction of a viaduct along the length of Pham Van Dong street in Hanoi will be underway in November, announced the Thang Long Project Management Board under the Ministry of Transport on October 9.

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Starting from Mai Dich flyover to Thang Long Bridge, the new viaduct will measure 4.8km long and is part of the Hanoi’s Ring Road No. 3.

According to the plan, construction will be completed within 26 months. By 2020, the project will be officially put into use, helping to ease the load from frequent jams on Pham Van Dong street, as well as supporting the socio-economic development in the west of Hanoi and completing the city’s traffic network.

The Mai Dich - Thang Long viaduct has a total investment budget of over VND5.3 trillion (US$233.2 million), sourced mainly from Japanese ODA and domestic counterparts. It will have four high-speed lanes allowing vehicles to travel at a designated speed of 100kph.

The project has stirred different public opinions as the consultancy unit Transport Engineering Design Inc. (TEDI) and the investor proposed to cut and remove 1,300 trees on Pham Van Dong street, including 1,000 giant, thousand year-old African mahogany trees.

According to the Hanoi Department of Construction, cutting down and moving trees only stops at the kind of a proposal. The issue will be consulted carefully by collecting comments from experts and locals and then submitting the plan to Hanoi’s authorities. Subsequently, the department will make a public notice to the local people.

If the above plan is approved by the People's Committee of Hanoi, the construction unit will replace the African mahogany tree line with more than 1,500 Burma padauk, Madagascar almond, and oil palm trees.

Since 2012 onward, the Mai Dich - Thang Long project has been reported by the Thang Long Project Management Board to the Ministry of Transport with a projected total investment of nearly VND6.2 trillion.

Prior to the project, construction for another viaduct under Ring Road No. 3 connecting Mai Dich - Linh Dam Lake in Hoang Mai district started in June 2010 with a total length of 8.9 km, including a 385m pathway and over 8.5 km of viaduct. The four lane route opened to traffic on October 2012.

The road map for the new viaduct, starting from Mai Dich flyover at the beginning of Pham Van Dong street to Thang Long Bridge. (Photo: Google Maps)