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Road connecting Vietnam’s Binh Phuoc, Lam Dong seriously erodes

Road connecting Vietnam’s Binh Phuoc, Lam Dong seriously erodes

Wednesday, September 06, 2023, 17:08 GMT+7
Road connecting Vietnam’s Binh Phuoc, Lam Dong seriously erodes
DT 755B, an arterial road connecting southern Binh Phuoc Province and Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region, faces serious erosion.

Many sections of a road linking southern Binh Phuoc Province and the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have severely worn away, posing a high risk of collapse. 

The People’s Committee of Bu Dang District in Binh Phuoc confirmed on Tuesday that many sections on road DT 755B, also known as the Sao Bong – Dang Ha Road, have been badly eroded, threatening the safety of commuters.

Thousands of vehicles carrying cargo and passengers pass through the road per day.

Soil from hills and mountains tumbles down to the road, impeding traffic.

Soil from hills and mountains tumbles down to the road, impeding traffic.

Hoang Thi Thuy, 40, residing in Thong Nhat Commune, Bu Dang District, said she travels on the road every day. 

“I am afraid whenever I see soil falling from hills, especially on rainy days as the road becomes more slippery,” Thuy shared.

She also worried that the serious erosion would eat away the roadbed. Without urgent solutions, the road may collapse.

Thuy expected local agencies to deal with the corrosion early to set commuters’ minds at rest.

A 15-meter road section is seriously eroded.

A 15-meter road section is seriously eroded.

Bu Dang District has erected signs to warn residents passing through the road of corroded sections, vice-chairman of the Bu Dang People’s Committee Nguyen Van Luu told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The district also detached officials to keep a close watch on the road to promptly work out solutions, ensuring safety for commuters.

Traffic inspectors and police officers have also been on guard on the road to restrict vehicles with large tonnages from entering the road.

A drain under the road is exposed. If the road is further eroded, the circulation on the road will become extremely dangerous.

A drain under the road is exposed. If the road is further eroded, the circulation on the road will become extremely dangerous.

A working team led by Luu on Tuesday inspected the ruined sections of the road and produced temporary solutions to the incident.

In addition to banning vehicles with large tonnages, the provincial Department of Transport, which manages the road, has changed the direction of a nearby canal in order not to allow it to flow to a drain on the road to prevent landslides.

This is just a band-aid solution.

A woman finds it difficult to pass through the road as soil from a nearby hill together with rainwater make the road section slippery. Soil from a hill covers a drainage ditch along the road and part of the roadbed.

A woman finds it difficult to pass through the road as soil from a nearby hill and rainwater make the road section slippery. The soil from the hill covers a drainage ditch along the road and part of the roadbed.

For the long term, the province is mulling over building another road.

The chairman of the Binh Phuoc People’s Committee in October 2020 declared a state of emergency on Road DT 755B following the erosion and subsidence of a road section.

The province also asked departments and agencies to safely regulate traffic on the road and call on nearby households to relocate to safer places.

The local authorities erect a signboard to warn of landslides and erosion on the road, asking vehicles to run slowly.

Local authorities erect a signboard to warn of landslides and erosion on the road, asking vehicles to run slowly.

Another landslide site on the road.

Another landslide site on the road

The Binh Phuoc People’s Committee in October 2020 declared a state of emergency on Road DT 755B following the erosion and subsidence of a road section.

The Binh Phuoc People’s Committee in October 2020 declared a state of emergency on Road DT 755B following the erosion and subsidence of a road section.

Erosion causes piers of the guard rail along the road to hang in the air, putting commuters in danger.

Erosion causes piers of the guard rail along the road to hang in the air, putting commuters in danger.

The Binh Phuoc authorities erect warning signs at the two sides of each eroded section.

The Binh Phuoc authorities have erected warning signs on the two sides of each eroded section.

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Thanh Ha - A Loc / Tuoi Tre News

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