|Though have not been operated, Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm – Đình Vũ overpass has many cracks on its surface. – Photo tuoitre.vn|
HẢI PHÒNG — The two 15m cracks on the surface of Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm – Đình Vũ overpass in northern Hải Phòng City’s Hải An District may be caused by bad weather and deep excavation.
This was concluded on Monday, after officials of the city’s Department of Transport, the main investor of the overpass, conducted a field test and met consulting units and contractors to figure out the cause of the two cracks.
Even though its surface has been carpeted and road lanes have been marked, the overpass has not yet been handed over and operated since some areas are still under construction.
Lưu Quang Bôn, vice director of Bạch Đằng Construction Corporation and the project’s contractor, said that as soon as they spotted the cracks in the two bridgeheads, they notified the Hải Phòng City Department of Transport. However, at present, they are awaiting solutions from consulting units.
“We guarantee that the main structure of the overpass is technically correct. We suspect that bad weather and deep excavation under the two sides of the bridge caused the cracks,” said Bôn. The city’s Department of Transport announced that they would collaborate with the contractors and consulting units to fix the cracks within a week, at the latest.
The Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm - Đình Vũ overpass is aimed at improving the 356 route from Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm intersection to Đình Vũ street. The investment of VNĐ1.3 billion (US$57 million) is mobilised from the state and local budgets as well as other legal capitals.
The project’s investor is Hải Phòng City Department of Transport and it is being constructed by the Bạch Đằng Construction Corporation and 12 Bridge Corporation.
The 252.2m overpass is designed with seven arches, using a reinforced concrete girder. Construction on the project began on March 3, 2017, and was supposed to be completed in six months. —VNS