Cracks seen on Vietnam's longest suspension bridge

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Vietnam's longest and most modern suspension bridge in Da Nang City has developed cracks and pot holes in many places just two years after it opened, the Saigon Tiep Thi reported Monday.


Thuan Phuoc Bridge, which was built at a cost of nearly VND1 trillion (US$48.54 million), was designed to last 80 to 100 years.


BK Engineering and Construction Company, the bridge investor and contractor based in nearby Quang Ngai Province, had been asked to fix the first cracks when they occurred one year ago.


However, the situation has only worsened recently, especially in the middle of the bridge.


According to experts, the cracks developed because plastic concrete had not stuck properly to the street surface.


The climate and the swinging of the bridge have also added to the problem, they said.


Thuan Phuoc Bridge, more than 2.1 kilometers long crossing the Da Nang Bay, opened to traffic in July 2009.

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