|Construction work on the Tân Vũ-Lạch Huyện Bridge in Hải Phòng City. Major structural flaws have been discovered on the bridge. — Photo haiphongaz.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Major structural flaws have been discovered on the Tân Vũ-Lạch Huyện Bridge in the northeastern city of Hải Phòng, set to become Southeast Asia’s longest cross-sea bridge when it opens.
The management board of the joint Japanese-Vietnamese project has until the end of this week to explain the problems and detail its plans to fix them, said Nguyễn Văn Công, deputy minister of transport.
After inspecting the 94 per cent of the bridge, the State Council for Pre-Acceptance Test for Construction Works found several shortcomings in the foundations, surface and girders, among them the sinking of the surface at the head of the bridge.
The council warned the management board that opening the bridge to traffics planned at the end of August could affect the project’s quality and endanger users.
The Ministry of Transport has asked the project management board and contractors to implement repair work as requested by the council. Heads of the ministry are scheduled to conduct an on-site inspection, deputy minister Công said.
Bùi Huy Kiểm, an official from the project management board, told the zing.vn e-newspaper that the conclusion of the council was correct. The management board will ask executers to fix and improve the shortcomings, he said.
The Tân Vũ-Lạch Huyện highway project involves the construction of a 15.63km highway integrating a 5.44km sea-crossing bridge, which will be the longest of its kind in Việt Nam.
The new highway will link the Hà Nội-Hải Phòng Expressway at the Tân Vũ Interchange in Hải An District to the new Lạch Huyện Port on Cát Hải Island. The project is expected to reduce travel time between the two ends from the current 2.5 hours by ferry to just 15 minutes. — VNS