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Loading restriction signs removed from bridges

Update: October, 17/2014 - 08:35
A bridge built by the money of local people in Cho Moi District, southern province of An Giang. The Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam removed loading restriction signs from nearly 1,000 bridges.— Photo Otosaigon

HA NOI (VNS) — The Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam (DRVN) removed loading restriction signs from nearly 1,000 bridges nationwide during a three-month inspection process.

Four DRVN inspection teams examined and eliminated inaccurate load restriction signs on 943 of 1,488 bridges on the national highway system.

Meanwhile, some loading restriction signs were found unnecessary for small culverts and bridges.

The DRVN posted restriction signs on 490 bridges after the inspections, while the remaining 55 kept their old signs. Those bridges had low loading capacities or were under construction, thus it was impossible to examine their real loading capacities.

The data on all the examined bridges will be stored in the Viet Nam Bridge Management Software by the DRVN to categorise the bridges based on their quality status and to help the unit plan to fix the weak ones.

During the inspection, the DRVN also removed all speed limit signs of under 40km/h on the national highway system.

"Limiting speed to under 40km/h on the highway actually did nothing but hindered the traffic flow and caused congestion," Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said.

Additionally, as many as 614 inaccurate speed limit signs were removed, as they caused misunderstandings and blocked drivers' vision. — VNS

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