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Hot spell damages highway

Update: June, 12/2015 - 08:55
Since 2009, there have been many reports about the degraded surface of the bridge. Most of them blame spells of hot weather. — Photo tintuc

HA NOI (VNS) — Hot weather is blamed for deep ruts and bumps along Thanh Tri Bridge in Ha Noi, local media report. The bridge was opened in 2007.

Since 2009, there have been many reports about the degraded surface of the bridge. Most of them blame spells of hot weather.

However, experts said it was not fair to blame hot weather for the poor roads because builders must conduct studies about all environmental impacts before starting a project.

Meanwhile, in central Ha Tinh Province, ruts have also appeared along an upgraded section of National Highway 1 more than 30 kilometres long that runs through the province. Some are four or more centimetres deep.

An official from Transport Ministry's Road safety Project Management Board, Truong Duc Lien, said that the tracks appeared on the road after a 10-day heatwave last month.

The work was started in June, 2013, with an investment of more than VND1.2 trillion (US$55.5 million). It was opened for traffic early this year.

Lien said that the prolonged heatwave raised road temperatures to 72 Celsius, making it soft and easily damaged.

Xuan Truong construction company who built the road have been given the job of repairing it. They expect to finish work next week, Lien said.

Inspection

Meanwhile in the centre, an interdisciplinary inspection team will evaluate damages to houses caused by the use of explosives in rock mining for a tunnel in the Da Nang-Quang Ngai Highway.

On Tuesday, the inspection team, which has been set up by the People's Committee of Duy Xuyen District in central Quang Nam Province, started the damage evaluation of 110 affected residences. Project-affected residents in Chiem Son Village and project contractor from Song Da Corporation will join the inspection process.

The move is expected to calm agitated residents and help the project resume its construction.

Last month, more than 110 households in Chiem Son Village reported that unscheduled explosions at mines for the tunnel construction project had heavily damaged their houses and polluted the air with dust and smoke.

After the residents complained to local authorities and after three rounds of negotiations, the construction unit of the project, Song Da Corporation, proposed a total compensation of more than VND630 million ($28,980). However, residents did not relent and surrounded the tunnel to block the construction unit from building the tunnel.

The project, worth VND2 trillion ($92 million), has been abandoned since then, causing a loss of tens of billions of dong. The project is set to miss its early September deadline for completion.

Chairman of the committee Nguyen Cong Dung said that after finishing the inspections, the team will propose to adjust the compensation so that the project can continue.

It will also propose that all mining explosives be stopped after 9.30pm to avoid causing inconvenience to those living nearby. — VNS

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