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18 March 2019

Nepal bridge closes due to defect

First published18/03/2019
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The steel bridge spanning the Bijaypur River in Nepal has had to be closed for repairs

The bridge spanning the Bijaypur River in Nepal has been closed to traffic due to serious structural problems. The bridge forms part of the Prithvi Highway and connects Bijaypur with Chauthe. Major cracks have been detected in structural
members of the 74m-long steel girder bridge, which was erected in 2011. The bridge carries around 6,000 vehicles/day and repairs to the link are expected to take at least one month to complete. The local Road Division office is erecting
a temporary structure upstream of the damaged bridge, while a study team has been formed to assess the situation and provide a long term solution.

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A temporary crossing has been built to carry traffic until repairs can be completed
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