VietNamNet Bridge – An “intelligent” traffic management system (ITS) will be piloted on Thang Long Avenue in Ha Noi, the Department of Transport told the city’s People’s Committee last week.
So far, few details of the system have been released, apart from the fact that it is intended to speed-up the flow of traffic.
It is also known that eventually, vehicle drivers will be asked to pay fees to travel along special roads. In general, various types of ITS rely on radio services to control traffic.
The department said Thang Long Avenue was chosen for the pilot application as it was a modern highway and a key traffic route that connected the capital with many key routes in western Viet Nam.
Nearly VND130 billion (US$6.25 million) has been poured into the new system. Funding involved both public-private partnership (PPP) and build-operate-transfer (BOT).
The department said the new system would start by 2015 and fee collections from drivers would begin by 2016.
The Ha Noi Centre for Highway Management will be in charge of the system. It will apply advanced technologies in data collection, automatic sorting of vehicles, closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera system, electronic noticeboard system and overloaded vehicle management.
Several highways under construction in Ha Noi, such as from Ha Noi to Hai Phong and from Nhat Tan to Noi Bai, will also apply the new system.
The Ha Noi People’s Committee has asked authorities to assess the efficiency of the pilot application to consider extending the project.