Contractor blamed for bridge beam collapse

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A contractor's failure to comply with standard construction procedures caused the beams of a Hanoi bridge to collapse last Sunday, according to the governmental inspectors.


The contractor Thang Long Bridge No.7 Company, which functions under the state-owned contractor Thang Long Corporation, didn't place the beams of the VND1 trillion (US$52.6 million) Phap Van Bridge in their right places, Le Van Thuong, a member of the state board of assessing constructional projects, told a meeting on Friday.


The company also failed to connect four beams properly, prompting them to collapse in a domino effect, according to Thuong.


Phan Quoc Hieu, director general of Thang Long Corporation, pledged that the member company would recover the beams as required by the board.


Nguyen Duc Y, director of the Thang Long Bridge No.7 Company, said the incident, which brought a Hanoi police investigation, caused some VND600 million ($31,570) in losses to the company.


No casualties were reported in the accident.


Phap Van Bridge, which is being built with loans from the Japanese government, broke ground in September, 2008. Contractors for the project are the Thang Long Corporation and the Sumitomo Corporation.


The bridge scheduled for completion this September to commemorate Hanoi's 1,000th anniversary.


The 2.478 kilometer-long bridge will lead to the Thanh Tri Bridge, which will be the largest bridge over the Red River once it is completed.

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