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Bridge to put an end to dangerous crossings

Released at: 15:40, 11/05/2015

Bridge to put an end to dangerous crossings

Villagers in Quang Nam have used old tires to cross river but will soon have a new bridge.

by Son Ho

Hundreds of households in Tu Nuong and Tak Roi villages in Tra Tap commune in central Quang Nam’s Nam Tra My district have long been forced to cross the local river in old car tires as they go about their daily lives. After recognizing the dangerous nature of the practice, the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee has announced plans to build a suspension bridge over the river in June.

The bridge will be some 100 meters in length and 3.5 meters wide, connecting National Road 14B with Tak Roi village. Investment will come from the Ministry of Transport, to the tune of VND4 billion ($184,520), and construction is expected to be completed before this year’s flood season, from July to November.

The bridge, though, will not solve all the problems facing local people. The terrain in Nam Tra My district is mountainous and rugged and divided by many rivers and streams. But there are only 34 suspension bridges in the district, of which 27 were built long ago and require frequent repairs, according to Mr. Ho Quang Buu, Chairman of the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee.

“According to the latest research there are 15 bridges needed urgently in the area,” Mr. Buu said. “But due to our limited funds we can only finish two suspension bridges this year, at an estimated cost of VND8 billion ($369,040). We have prioritized the bridge in Tak Roi village, where people risk their lives every day crossing the river in car tires.”

After many drownings, five years ago the villagers came up with the idea of using old car tires to cross the river. By placing a wooden board on top they can be used to transport people and their belongings.

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