Nine bridges to be inspected for strength in Yangon Region

The Yangon Region government will examine the strength of nine bridges in Yangon, said U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Region Chief Minister, at a media conference on 20 April.
“The Ministry of Construction regularly inspects the bridges’ strength. Unfortunately, the Myaungmya suspension bridge collapsed this year. Therefore, the region government is planning to inspect other bridges,” he added.
The nine bridges are Thanlyin bridge No 1, Aung Zeya bridge, Bayintnaung bridges No. 1 and No. 2, Shwe Pyi Thar bridge, Pan Hlaing bridge, Twante bridge, Dagon bridge No 2 and Mahabandoola bridge.
The chief minister said, “We have conducted emergency repairing of Thanlyin bridge No. 1, because the sand and stone from the bridge has been absorbed by the big boats. Currently, we don’t need to worry about the other bridges’ structural integrity.”
Moreover, the authorities will no longer collect toll gate fees. However, the public is advised to follow the rules when using the bridges to ensure the infrastructure will be safe for all motorists. Overloaded heavy vehicles are not allowed on the bridges. Also, the authorities will take legal action against vehicles crossing the bridges with overloaded vehicles.
“For smooth transport and the safety of our citizens, we will conduct detailed inspections and assessments of 29 suspension bridges across the country within three months, with the cooperation of foreign experts. From among these suspension bridges, those bridges which may pose danger will be repaired within six months in order of priority,” said President U Win Myint at the Myanmar New Year’s speech on 17 April.
The Myaungmya suspension bridge in the Ayeyawady Region collapsed on 1 April, killing two people. The bridge collapsed when a truck passed over it and plunged into the river.

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