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    Suspension bridge collapses before opening



    A suspension bridge spanning across the Nan river in Muang district of Phichit province collapsed last night during a heavy rain storm.
    However nobody was injured as it was not yet open to traffic.

    The 139 metres long and 2.90 metres wide bridge is located Ban Samka village in Tambon Kamang of Muang district.

    The suspension bridge is a project of the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning.

    Construction cost of the bridge is 9.53 million baht. A bid was called early last year and construction began June 23, 2014.

    However the contract had expired on February 18 this year but construction has not yet finished.

    The contractor has been fined for not able to finish work by the contracted period which was earlier set to officially open before the Buddhist Lent end of this month.

    Local authorities said fortunately it collapsed before the official opening otherwise many people would have died and injured.

    Substandard construction was blamed for the collapse.

    Suspension bridge collapses before opening - Thai PBS English News

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    I wonder if the contractors other jobs will now be (re)inspected and if the contractor and the companies that own it are still allowed to bid for jobs ?

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    Seems to be a pedestrian bridge. I see no road on the other side.

    Engineering drawings are useless if you don't follow them.

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    The contractor and workers should sign a contract that before it opens to the public, they will all get on it and jump around for 10 minutes.

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    Substandard construction was blamed for the collapse.
    I'd say it was gravity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    Seems to be a pedestrian bridge. I see no road on the other side.

    Engineering drawings are useless if you don't follow them.

    The bridge was 2.9 metres wide, so it seems that it was intended to be for a single lane of cars. Lucky that there was no-one on it when it collapsed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palexxxx
    The bridge was 2.9 metres wide, so it seems that it was intended to be for a single lane of cars.
    or Americans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    Seems to be a pedestrian bridge. I see no road on the other side.

    Engineering drawings are useless if you don't follow them.
    Drawing's what drawing's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    The contractor and workers should sign a contract that before it opens to the public, they will all get on it and jump around for 10 minutes.
    They had to be standing on it to build it!
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
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    "Substandard construction was blamed for the collapse" Nah not in LoS and certainly would not be because the contractor used substandard materials because his buyer was pocketing the difference between good stuff and crap , not in Thailand surely must have been a very localised earthquake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    9.53 million baht
    You get what you pay for...Even in dollars, it would cost more than that to construct a viable bridge of that length in the real world...

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