Experts, technicians to inspect Yangon Region flyovers

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Yangon Region Hluttaw Photo: MNA

In response to a question raised by Yangon Region Hluttaw representative Daw Yin Yin Myint of Ahlon Township constituency 1 at the 11th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the Second Yangon Region Hluttaw, held on 27 September, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said a committee led by Yangon Region government is being formed with experts and technicians to inspect flyovers in Yangon Region.
Daw Yin Yin Myint was asking if there is a plan to conduct regular inspection of the overpasses in Yangon Region.
“For flyovers to be used their full lifespan they need to be inspected regularly by experts and technicians, at least once a year. Yangon Region government is forming a committee for this. This committee will include experts and technicians from Myanmar Engineering Council, Myanmar Engineering Society, Ministry of Construction’s Department of Bridge, Ministry of Transport and Communications’ Myanma Railways, Yangon City Development Committee and Yangon Technological University,” said U Maung Maung Soe.
He added further that most of the bridges in Myanmar were constructed under the specifications of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). In addition to this, the loading and design of bridges differ from one another, so the lifespan is also not the same. However, in general, calculated load is from 60 to 75 tons and the maximum lifespan is mostly 50 years, said the Yangon mayor. In Yangon Region, there are a total of 70 bridges (flyovers), of which 36 have length 180 ft. and above, a railway crossing bridge maintained by Ministry of Construction, 26 by Myanma Railways and seven by Yangon City Development Committee.

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