HCM City has 200 unsafe bridges

HCM City has about 200 bridges in need of repair or replacement, 30 of which will be repaired by 2020, said Bui Xuan Cuong, director of the city’s Department of Transport. The Long Kien Bridge in Nha Be District in HCM City. The bridge collapsed last Friday after a truck weighing nearly 10 times its allowed capacity tried to cross it. One of the bridges, the Long Kien Bridge, located on Le Van Luong Street in the outer district of Nha Be, collapsed last Friday after a truck weighing nearly 10 times its allowed capacity tried to cross it.The 12.6-tonne vehicle was carrying 17 tonnes of goods as it attempted to cross the bridge, while no vehicle weighing over 3.5 tonnes is allowed on it. The accident caused no casualties, but sent the truck and a motorbike into the river.Speaking at a press conference after the accident last Saturday, transport director Cuong said that the Long Kien Bridge, together with three other bridges that are also located on Le Van Luong Street, are four of the 30 bridges in the city that will be repaired by 2020, Tirn Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.The four bridges – Long Kien, Rach Dia, Rach Tom and Rach Doi – create an essential route that connects HCM City and the southern province of Long An.Built before 1975, despite having degraded and become unsafe for passengers, these bridges have not been repaired even though the proposals for their repair were approved by the city’s authorities in… [Read full story]

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