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The completion of architectural, mechanical, and electrical work on two crucial pedestrian bridges connecting the Hi-Tech Park and Binh Thai stations is an influential milestone for Metro Line No. 1. These bridges will open in the fourth quarter of this year, coinciding with the inauguration of the metro project, and will demonstrate the smart integration of transit oriented development into Ho Chi Minh City’s urban landscape.

These bridges, announced by the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway Management Board (MAUR) on April 29 after nearly five months of construction, are part of a larger network that includes nine pedestrian overpasses. These overpasses provide for seamless connectivity between the elevated stations along the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien route, which is Ho Chi Minh City’s first journey into electric train service. This proactive inclusion of pedestrian infrastructure in the metro project’s budget demonstrates a clear understanding of how such features improve urban mobility and real estate value.

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The bridges, which are 80-150 meters long and 3.5 meters wide with a clearance of over 5 meters, do more than merely provide a passageway. – VnExpress

They are designed to blend in with the look of the elevated metro stations, with strong steel domes and heat-resistant covering, and are supplemented by landscaped areas with flower beds and trees, fostering an environmentally pleasant transit experience. This architectural detail not only improves the user experience, but it also acts as an important safety component, acting as emergency exits.

MAUR also gave information on the remaining pedestrian bridges. The structural elements of bridges at Rach Chiec, Phuoc Long, and Tan Cang stations are already in place, with the remaining construction features expected to be completed by May. Efforts to speed the completion of the bridges at Thao Dien, An Phu, Thu Duc, and National University stations are ongoing, with targeted deployments of personnel and resources reflecting a strategic approach to ensure these infrastructures are operational in accordance with Metro Line No. 1’s timeline.

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Metro Line No. 1 spans roughly 20 kilometers from Long Binh depot in Thu Duc City to Ben Thanh Market in District 1, with a budget exceeding 43.7 trillion VND. It contains 11 elevated and three underground stops. – TTXVN

The project is now 98% complete, with the final steps being system safety evaluations, fire prevention certification, operational staff training, and pedestrian bridge building. This project’s thorough planning and execution demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of urban transit’s role in real estate development, with momentous returns on investment due to improved urban connectedness and property value appreciation.

The Southeast region is a cornerstone of national socio-economic growth, driven by its role as the primary economic, industrial, and logistics hub. Anchored by Ho Chi Minh City along with Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Ba Ria – Vung Tau, it boasts remarkable infrastructure including major seaports, Tan Son Nhat International Airport and the under-construction Long Thanh International Airports. These assets are pivotal in connecting the region with both national and international markets.

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Notable operational developments include the Cat Lai intersection, Mai Chi Tho Avenue, Thu Thiem Tunnel, Vo Van Kiet – Mai Chi Tho Avenue, and Phu My Bridge, which symbolizes the city’s infrastructural ambition and enhances connectivity between Thu Duc City and District 7.

The region benefits from an extensive and synchronized transportation network, including key arterial routes such as Truong Chinh, Hanoi Highway, National Highway 13, and Nguyen Van Linh Street. This network facilitates seamless connectivity across the pivotal directions, East-West and North-South, fueling socio-economic expansion along these corridors.

Key completed traffic projects have greatly reduced travel times and facilitated trade, including the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway, Ho Chi Minh City – Trung Luong route, and Xuyen A road (National Highway 22). These routes not only link Ho Chi Minh City to neighboring provinces like Dong Nai, Tien Giang, and Tay Ninh but also streamline travel and goods transportation. Looking ahead, Ho Chi Minh City is prioritizing the completion of the 60km Belt 2, aiming to boost connectivity and efficiency in goods transportation, particularly to and from key ports like Cat Lai and Phu Huu. 
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The planned Thu Thiem 4 bridge, spanning 2.1km across the Saigon River and slated to begin in 2025, will link Thu Thiem New Urban Area with the city’s Southern New Urban Area, further underlining the significant emphasis on infrastructure to sustain economic dynamism and growth.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has issued directives to accelerate the completion of Long Thanh International Airport to the first half of 2026, as well as the third terminal at Tan Son Nhat International Airport by next April. The construction of the Long Thanh airport, which is set to replace Tan Son Nhat as Vietnam’s largest, has been progressing rapidly since the end of 2022.
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