Many suspension bridges in central highlands province pose a danger to local citizens according to provincial transport department.
According to the Kon Tum Provincial Department of Transport there are 108 unsafe suspension bridges in the central highlands province.
The department has requested district authorities close 27 of the bridges, fearing they pose a safety risk.
It also directed the districts to find the money to fix the dilapidated bridges as the wet season has set in.
Dak Glei district has several dilapidated bridges, with local officials saying 46 of its 75 suspension bridges are no longer safe for use. They claim, however, that they lack the funds to conduct the necessary repairs. All they can do is post signs with weight limits, to warn vehicles.
Dak Glei’s lack of money is a plight shared by other districts with suspension bridges in a state of disrepair, including Kon Plong, Tu Mo Rong, Ngoc Hoi, Dak To, and Sa Thay.
The Ministry of Transport recently set the start of this year’s wet season as the deadline for completing the national goal of building 186 suspension bridges in mountainous provinces around the country.
Photo by Tran Ngoc Tinh