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Major Anti-Flood Upgrade of Nguyen Huu Canh Begins on October 5, Lasting 14 Months

Get ready, anyone who has to commute through Binh Thanh District.

VnExpress reports that a major renovation of Nguyen Huu Canh Street, the frequently flooded thoroughfare connecting District 1 to the Saigon Bridge, began on October 5.

Since the street opened in 2002, numerous massive residential developments have been built along it, causing the roadway to severely subside.

The US$20.4 million project, expected to last up to 14 months, will elevate particularly flood-prone stretches, such as in front of The Manor, by up to 1.2 meters.

A new drainage system will be installed as well, along with improved lighting to aid traffic safety.

Meanwhile, of the 459 trees currently lining Nguyen Huu Canh, 60 of which that have been deemed unhealthy will be cut down and replaced, with officials claiming that tree coverage will increase by 20% once the work is completed.

According to the news source, the project's investor will work with local officials to advise commuters on detours, while only one lane in each direction will be closed at a time.