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Road depression in national highways

Update: September, 23/2013 - 08:05
People place a wooden stick to warn passers-by about a deep puddle caused by road depression in HCM City. There are many dangerous road depressions on national highways No 1, 3, 5 and 7 and West-East Boulevard, as well as several newly-built routes, according to the Viet Nam Road Administration. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh

HA NOI (VNS)— There are many dangerous road depressions on national highways No 1, 3, 5 and 7 and West-East Boulevard, as well as several newly-built routes, according to the Viet Nam Road Administration.

Ha Nam, Thanh Hoa, the Phan Rang-Thap Cham section of National Highway No1 and Thanh Tri Bridge all have serious flaws. On the Thanh Hoa-Thua Thien Hue and Da Nang-Khanh Hoa routes, wheel tracks often stretch for long distances.

Vice Head of the Viet Nam Road Administration Pham Quang Vinh said that the huge increase of overloaded trucks on these routes was a likely culprit, particularly when coupled with harsh weather and generally poorly constructed roads.

"Roads are not designed to suit the weather in each locality when it comes to thickness and type of concrete. Frequent use of poor-quality imported asphalt is another problem," he said.

There are no official statistics about the number of accidents caused by road depressions, as road safety assessments are so expensive they are rarely conducted.

Early this month, a woman died in a traffic accident on National Highway No1 in central Nghe An Province's Nghi Loc Commune that was attributed in part to a road depression.

Chairman of Viet Nam Automobile Transport Association Than Van Thanh said that drivers could easily lose control of the vehicle in such a situation.

The administration has asked authorised agencies to repair broken sections and use mobile weighing stations to step up inspections of trucks travelling on these routes. — VNS


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