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Binh Phuoc: National Highway 13 in poor condition

Update: September, 09/2015 - 14:41
Only six months after one side of the road was paved with asphalt concrete, the section of National Highway 13 running through Binh Phuoc Province has suffered from serious damage, with many potholes and cracks seen on its surface. — Photo news.zing.vn

BINH PHUOC (VNS) — The section of National Highway 13 running through Loc Ninh District in southern Binh Phuoc Province is suffering from serious degradation due to its poor construction, said residents and provincial authority.

The section, called An Loc – Chiu Riu, is now in need of repair, sparking an outcry among local residents, though the provincial authority has yet to find a solution.

Only six months after one side was paved with asphalt concrete, the road has again suffered from serious damage, with many potholes and cracks seen on its surface.

The asphalt overlays of the section in Thanh Luong, Thanh Phu and Loc Thinh wards have been completely damaged. In particularly, the stretch running through Thanh Trung hamlet of Thanh Luong ward is described as being unusable.

A stretch of about one-kilometer length in Hong Thong hamlet of Loc Ninh District is also severely damaged.

The Binh Phuoc Transport Department said the deteriorating situation was caused by improper pavement work.

According to local residents, asphalt overlays in these damaged sections were dug and placed in an improper manner onto the road, stirring up dust.

Traffic accidents frequently occurred on these sections, with victims being mainly the elderly and children, local residents said.

Food stores and local markets along the road, which reopened after the pavement work was completed, had to again shut down.

Last month, a 29-year-old man died after his motorbike collided with a truck traveling in the opposite direction on National Highway 13 in Binh Phuoc Province.

A government official responsible for the management of An Loc-Chiu Riu project said that a solution had yet to be found.

The road was built under the BOT (build-operate-transfer) investment programme, with the project's investor being the National Highway 13 An Loc-Hoa Lu Joint Stock Company.

The company had the responsibility to use its own funds, or mobilise bank capital, to ensure that construction work occurred on schedule, the official said.

However, the investor company has mainly used funds sourced from the State budget and has yet to sign a credit contract with any banks.

Earlier, Binh Phuoc People's Committee gave the company a preferential loan of VND50 billion (US$2.2 million). At the end of 2014, the Committee provided the investor with another VND50 billion to ensure the progress of the work.

However, after this money was disbursed, construction work was again delayed.

The repair work also caused the An Loc – Chiu Riu project to fall behind schedule, and the completion date has not been announced.

Ho Van Huu, director of Binh Phuoc Transport Department, said the department had asked the investor company to speed up the construction but ensure the quality of the work.

Meanwhile, the company said some construction units had not followed its instructions.

Further, Binh Phuoc Transport department reported the situation to Binh Phuoc Provincial People's Committee and asked for the committee's instructions in handling the problems. — VNS

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