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100 potholes appear in newly fixed bridge

By Li Jiaohao (Shanghai Daily)

14:24, July 18, 2012

THE newly repaired roadway surface of a bridge in eastern China's Nanjing City had to undergo repair again yesterday evening after more than 100 potholes appeared in its lanes following a heavy rainstorm, the Yangtze Evening News reported yesterday.

Repairs to the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge will take three or four days, which is expected to cause some traffic problems, engineers said.

Drivers in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, have been annoyed by the new potholes, which can cause flat tires and other hazards.

An investigation by the newspaper found 117 potholes along the bridge's length, the biggest up to 20 centimeters in diameter and 7 centimeters in depth.

Some residents complained on the Internet that water always fails to drain from the road after rainfall, leading to potholes.

But road experts consulted by the newspaper said the bridge is damaged so often because it is poorly maintained.

Many drivers slowed down in an attempt to avoid the potential hazards and when passing through the potholes, their cars would bump sharply.

"The bridge is very busy during rush hours. We cannot keep away from the potholes. I'm afraid that my car will get a flat tire after driving through so many large holes," a driver complained to the newspaper.

The bridge has been repaired every year since it was built 40 years ago, most recently in May, which officials said was a thorough repair. But the problems have not stopped, the newspaper reported.

"The department always did the repairs once potholes formed, but the holes might come out again after being driven across by vehicles and left in the rain," a bridge maintenance expert was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

The authorities explained the design capacity of the bridge was 10,000 vehicles every day, but the actual flow was now nearly 100,000 vehicles every day, which may aggravate the damage.

An official surnamed Liu who is in charge of the bridge's maintenance also blamed inadequate maintenance and excessive traffic flow for the frequent damage.

He complained that the bridge is supposed to be closed to traffic for several days after being repaired, but that is not possible for such a busy bridge.

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