Transport Ministry meets to discuss best approach to restoring travel on railway bridge, which was struck by a barge on March 20.
The collapsed Genh Bridge in Bien Hoa city, southern Dong Nai province, will either be repaired or replaced within ten weeks, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat said on March 21 at a meeting of Ministry of Transport’s leaders in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss the incident.
It would normally take about five months to fix the railway bridge, Mr. Nhat said, but given its importance it will be open again within ten weeks.
There are three key tasks, he pointed out. Firstly, Vietnam Railways must re-organize its transport plans. Secondly, the Transport Engineering Construction and Quality Management Bureau and its consulting units must determine whether to build a new bride or repair the collapsed bridge. If it is repaired, its height will be increased. Thirdly, the Vietnam Inland Waterways Administration (VIWA) will coordinate the salvage and clearing of obstacles in the river. Mr. Nhat stressed that VIWA must engage the best salvage units in the south as soon as possible.
Agreeing with Mr. Nhat, the other Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong said that resolving the collapse is an urgent task that Vietnam Railways must prioritize for completion soon.
At noon of March 20 a barge crashed into the one of the bridge’s pillars. There were no fatalities but the incident has had a major effect on the North - South railway route.