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Demolition destroys Nanjing viaduct (2)

By Cang Wei and Song Wenwei (China Daily)

09:14, March 20, 2012

The piers were covered by 50,000 bamboo mats to reduce the effect of dust and stones released by the explosion. More than 1,300 tires and 300 tons of steel plates were put under the deck to alleviate the shock wave.

"Though lots of work has been done to protect the neighboring environment, local residents' daily lives will still be influenced to some extent," said Gong Chenglin, deputy director of the headquarters in charge of the explosion.

"Because some roads will be closed during construction of the tunnel, people may need to spend more time in traffic," Gong said.

Qiu Xiaoyun, who lives not far from the explosion site, complained that she now needs to spend twice as long to go to work.

"The viaduct was one of the city's main traffic routes. Many people's daily lives are deeply influenced by the planning," said Qiu.

Ma Jian, a local resident, said that many people have been inconvenienced by the change of many bus routes.

He also said that the viaduct was too short-lived to be demolished after serving for only 16 years.

"It's a huge waste of resources, and I feel sorry for the viaduct," Ma said.

According to Zhou Fang from the Jiangsu Academy of Safety Science and Technology, a viaduct can normally be used for at least 50 years.

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