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Expressway underpass in Vietnam causes stir over leaks fixed with tape

Thursday, November 22, 2018, 16:46 GMT+7
Expressway underpass in Vietnam causes stir over leaks fixed with tape
Adhesive tape was used to cover leaking spots inside an underpass on the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The management of a notorious expressway in central Vietnam is under fire for using tape to fix leaks have appeared in one of its underpasses.

Water leaks, occurring after heavy rains, have been consistently reported inside an underpass of the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway passing the central province of Quang Nam since the road’s opening in September.

Following repeated complaints from commuters, a group of workers showed up last week and started applying multiple layers of adhesive tape to the leaking underpass, locals said.

According to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s observation at the site on Wednesday, large patches of tape covered several areas inside the underpass, some of which were already peeling off.

Video of the tape-covered underpass by Tuoi Tre

On social media, photos of the tape-covered underpass went viral over the weekend, with hundreds of comments expressing discontent with how the leaks were 'fixed.'

“After two months, they have finally fixed the leaks at a cost of over VND7,000 [US$0.30], with a roll of adhesive tape,” one Facebook user wrote.

Adhesive tape was used to cover leaking spots inside an underpass on the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Adhesive tape was used to cover leaking spots inside an underpass on the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Truong Van Trung, deputy chairman of Nui Thanh District in Quang Nam Province, said the underpass was developed by a Chinese contractor.

Tuoi Tre reached out to the contractor and relevant authorities for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

The underpass in question is part of a 139-kilometer expressway connecting Da Nang and Quang Ngai Province in central Vietnam.

The $1.48 billion road first earned notoriety for the numerous potholes that appeared only weeks after it was opened in September.

Adhesive tape was used to cover leaking spots inside an underpass on the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Adhesive tape was used to cover leaking spots inside an underpass on the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Adhesive tape was used to cover leaking spots inside an underpass on the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Adhesive tape was used to cover leaking spots inside an underpass on the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Tuan Son / Tuoi Tre News

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