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Expressway corporation blames residents for missing screws

Update: May, 07/2015 - 14:43
Photo shows a stretch of Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway's barrier without screw. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Local residents are to blame for the disappearance of hundreds of screws that link barriers along the Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway, the Viet Nam Expressway Corporation (VEC) said yesterday.

The corporation said this after Dan tri online newspaper reported that hundreds of screws were found missing along the expressway on Tuesday.

Following an official document sent to local media, the corporation provided evidence that local residents had been discovered stealing screws since 2014. For example, on November 27, 2014, three children were caught removing the screws along a stretch of the expressway in northern Phu Tho Province's Phung Xa Commune. Late last month, two children were seen removing bolts and screws along a stretch of the expressway in the northern Vinh Phuc Province's Nam Viem Commune.

The corporation also said contractors were completing the construction of drainage systems on several stretches of the expressway, and therefore, had not finished installing screws. They will finish the work soon.

The corporation will tighten patrolling, and work with local schools to educate students to join hands in protecting the expressway to bring the situation under control.

The 245-km long Noi Bai – Lao Cai expressway was opened to public last September, reducing the time taken to travel from Ha Noi to Lao Cai from eight hours to 3.5 hours. — VNS

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