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Suspension bridges built for flood season

Update: August, 04/2014 - 08:48
The plan is also to deal with 40 per cent of over 1,940 suspension bridges across the country in need of urgent repairs or reconstruction, according to the ministry.— Photo giaothongvantai

HA NOI (VNS) — The transport ministry has asked relevant units to build 83 suspension bridges in some areas to help local residents cope with floods and rains during the monsoon season this month.

The bridges were expected to be put into operation after one month of construction, said Deputy Minister Nguyen Hong Truong at a meeting with relevant units, including designers, construction consultants and contractors last week.

This is part of the ministry's VND931billion (US$44 million) plan to build 186 suspension bridges in 28 cities and provinces in the northern, central and Central Highland regions. It was approved by the Prime Minister in May this year.

Outlined by the Ministry of Transport, the scheme aims to help inhabitants in mountainous and far-flung areas to improve their living standards and mitigate the risks of traffic accidents, especially during floods.

The plan is also to deal with 40 per cent of over 1,940 suspension bridges across the country in need of urgent repairs or reconstruction, according to the ministry.

A representative from the Directorate for Road of Viet Nam reported that all procedures relating to the construction project were completed and preparations were being made for work to begin at the construction sites.

The Transport Engineering Design Inc. reported that designs for 186 bridges were being completed. Land clearances were also being taken.

The construction of a number of bridges has already begun in the northern provinces of Yen Bai, Ha Nam, Bac Can and central Nghe An province. — VNS

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