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Surface of Ho Chi Minh City’s crucial overpass becomes hollowed hours after opening

Surface of Ho Chi Minh City’s crucial overpass becomes hollowed hours after opening

Sunday, July 01, 2018, 10:54 GMT+7

A bridge expected to put an end to perennial traffic congestion at a junction in Ho Chi Minh City has been partly damaged less than a day since it opened on late Friday morning.

The My Thuy Overpass in District 2 showed an uneven surface on Saturday morning with a hollow about 20 centimeters deep and asphalt out of place along a portion over ten meters long in the lanes on one side, according to reports by multiple drivers.

They said their vehicles shuddered as they moved near the foot of the 316-meter flyover, prompting them to worry about the structure’s quality and the risk of veering out of the lane.

A car runs on a damaged part of the My Thuy Overpass in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A car runs on a damaged part of the My Thuy Overpass in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Van Quang, a representative from the South Vietnam Construction Technology Company, which oversaw the building of the bridge, put the incident down to an incomplete construction of the bridge surface.

Quang elaborated the surface thickness was low, and when it is heightened by one meter in line with the design in the foreseeable future, the overpass’s load-bearing capacity will improve.

Vehicles have now been allowed to run across the bridge only to ensure unhindered traffic flow at the crossroads, he added.

For many years, traffic tie-ups were a frustrating sight at the My Thuy intersection, over which the flyover sits, with a daily flux of around 21,000 cars.

The notorious jam, which is one of the severest in Ho Chi Minh City, chiefly involved a great number of trailer trucks visiting and leaving the nearby Cat Lai Container Terminal – a key international seaport in southern Vietnam.

Articulated trucks drive at the My Thuy Intersection as viewed from the My Thuy Overpass in in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Articulated trucks drive at the My Thuy Intersection as viewed from the My Thuy Overpass in in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vehicles stack up near the My Thuy Intersection in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vehicles stack up near the My Thuy Intersection in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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