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Lam Dong announces plan to upgrade suspension bridges

Update: January, 06/2015 - 09:19
Most of the 58 suspension bridges in the province are degraded and 15 are seriously dangerous, posing a threat to local people, according to the provincial Department of Transport. — Photo 24htaynguyen

LAM DONG (VNS) — Up to 42 of suspension bridges in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong will be replaced or repaired in 2015 at a cost of nearly VND43 billion (US$2 million).

Most of the 58 suspension bridges in the province are degraded and 15 are seriously dangerous, posing a threat to local people, according to the provincial Department of Transport.

Under the plan, the 15 dangerous bridges will be replaced and the remainder will be repaired within 2015. The provincial People's Committee has approved a project to build nine new bridges that will be carried out early this year as part of a VND931 billion ($44 million) project to build 186 suspension bridges in 28 cities and provinces in the northern, central and Central Highlands regions.

Outlined by the Ministry of Transport last year, the scheme aims to help improve living conditions for inhabitants in mountainous and remote areas of the country and mitigate the risks of traffic accidents, especially during the flood season.

The plan also addresses the fact that 40 per cent of suspension bridges across the country are in need of urgent repairs or reconstruction, according to the ministry. About 810 of the 1,950 suspension bridges in Viet Nam have shown signs of erosion and rust. Up to 94 per cent of them are located on roads connecting villages and communes. — VNS

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