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Crack appears on Vam Cong Bridge girder
Trung Chanh
Monday,  Nov 20, 2017,16:42 (GMT+7)

Crack appears on Vam Cong Bridge girder

Trung Chanh

CAN THO – A crack measuring about four centimeters in width and two meters in length has been detected on a girder of the under-construction Vam Cong Bridge connecting Can Tho City and Dong Thap Province, according to a statement of the Ministry of Transport.

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat on November 17 chaired a meeting between the ministry’s inspection team and the parties involved to find a solution for the crack on the girder on top of pier P29. 

The ministry asked Cuu Long Corporation for Investment, Development and Project Management of Infrastructure (Cuu Long CIPM), the developer of the bridge, to suspend construction work and take necessary measures to ensure safety.

An inspection team manned by the Transport Engineering Construction and Quality Management Bureau, the Department of Science and Technology and experts has been sent to the construction site to examine the crack and find a coping solution. No specific solution has been announced.

The contractor and supervision agency have examined technical conditions of the bridge, including geometric measurements of girders, piers and cables. Results showed that there are no other cracks or faults on the bridge, and the structure is stable for now.

Vam Cong Bridge crossing the Hau River in the Mekong Delta has a total investment of more than US$271 million, funded by official development assistance (ODA) of South Korea.

The construction work is being supervised by South Korean consortium Dasan-Kunhwa-Pyunghwa, and executed by a consortium comprising GS Engineering & Construction Corp and Hanshin.

With its construction beginning in September 2013, the bridge is nearly three kilometers long and 24.5 meters wide, with six lanes and a maximum speed of 80 kilometers an hour.

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