Degraded suspension bridges in central Vietnam threatens lives of people

Inspection of suspension bridges in the central region revealed that many are in poor condition, according to the Department of Transport.

A suspension bridge in Dong Giang District in Quang Nam Province in poor repair (Photo: SGGP)

Quang Nam Province has 162 suspension bridges. Sixty three of the bridges were built by local residents and local governments without signs of loading capacity. Many are not properly maintained.

The department is looking to replace the unsafe bridges with permanent, concrete ones.

Quang Ngai Province has 24 suspension bridges in mountainous areas. Two-thirds of the bridges are over 10 years old and in poor condition. Transportation authorities have banned people and vehicles to travel on some bridges including Huy Mang in Son Tay District, Thon Ban O in Tra Bong District, and Lang Chai in Ba To District.

Nguyen Duc Cuong , chairman of People’s Committee in Quang Tri Province has ordered local governments to remove suspension bridges Lang Ho No.1, 2, and Nguon Rao. There is a ban for use of Ban Moi, Lang Cat, Ban Pin, and Ban Vay No.2 bridges.

Nine out of 10 bridges in Bo Trach, Tuyen Hoa, and Minh Hoa are rusty with decomposing wood, said Le Quoc Cuong, head of Quang Binh Department of Transport. The Ministry of Transport has agreed to provide VND 13 billion (US $617,339) for reconstruction projects.

Four suspension bridges in Ha Tinh Province are completely dilapidated. The transport authority ordered the People’s Committee to improve the bridge and limit the number of travelers through the bridge. The transport authority also suggested the People’s Committee to finance VND2.5 billion for improvements.

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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