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Hundreds of suspension bridges in need of repair
  • By Nhu Quynh | dtinews.vn | March 27, 2014 04:01 PM
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Around 800 out of 1,944 suspension bridges in Vietnam are in need of repair, according to the Ministry of Transport.

 

Vietnam now has nearly 2,000 suspension bridges

By March 23, only 56 out of 63 cities and provinces nationwide reported inspection results for suspension bridges. Meanwhile, Hanoi, Khanh Hoa, Gia Lai, Binh Duong, Tien Giang, Can Tho and Ca Mau have yet divulge any information.

A representative from the Ministry of Transport, based reports from localities, said the Ministry will have technical assessments to define exactly how many bridges must be upgraded.

Most of the bridges were designed with low loading capacities. A number of them do not even have a listed load capacity.

The Ministry of Transport said that it will continue checking the quality of suspension bridges following the recent Chu Va 6 Bridge collapse in Lai Chau Province. Those which are deemed unsafe will be suspended from use and repaired.

The Directorate for Roads is working on a project to build suspension bridges in 28 cities in the mountainous and Highlands Central region.

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