$114,000-plus bridge collapses merely 2 weeks after opening

By Tay Thanh - Le Van, Thanh Nien News

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 A bridge invested with $114,400 collapsed in the southern province of Long An on May 27, only two weeks after its opening. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Authorities in the southern province of Long An are looking into reasons why a local bridge which was invested with a total of nearly VND2.5 billion (US$114,400) fell down only two weeks after it was opened to traffic.
Pham Van Canh, director of Long An's transport department, said on Thursday that Vinh Hung District's authorities will have to investigate the case of Vinh Binh Bridge, and that a design consultant in Ho Chi Minh City will also be invited to inspect it.
The cable-stayed bridge, which crossed a canal in Vinh Binh Commune, was put into operation on May 13 and started showing cracks on May 26.
Local authorities then shut it down to fix the problem, but half of it tumbled down the next day. They said one of supporting substructures apparently slipped from its position.
Initial information is that while Vinh Binh's People's Committee was the project's investor, 20 percent of the costs were paid by local people.
The bridge crossed was designed with the weight limit of one ton to handle motorbikes and pedestrians only.

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