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Seoul to Check Safety of Old Roads and Bridges

16:59 February 29, 2016 replay time01:32

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Recently, the inner cables of the Jeongneungcheon Overpass were found severed, causing fear among citizens.

Consequently, the City of Seoul decided to investigate the safety conditions of roads and bridges that are more than twenty years old.

Paeng Jae-yong has more.


The cables of Jeongneungcheon Overpass were found rusty and severed.

Fortunately, they were discovered before leading to any accidents. Had they been left unchecked, a catastrophe could have happened.

A bigger problem is that for old infrastructure more than twenty years old, such problems could appear as well.

In fact, eight out of the eleven motorways in Seoul are more than twenty years old, and about 160 bridges are more than thirty years old.

As fear among citizens grows, the City of Seoul decided to conduct an overall investigation of the safety conditions of the sewage pipes and bridges over the Han River that are more than twenty years old.

The city will look into fourteen areas, including bridges, underwater structures, and aged faulty sewage pipes.

In April, motorways will be checked, in September the sewage pipes, and in November, the bridges over the Han River will be looked into.

A report center where construction corruption related to safety issues can be reported will also be in operation.

When a report is received, a construction task force will be dispatched immediately, and the identity of the reporter will be completely protected, according to the city office.

Paeng Jae-yong reporting for Yonhap News TV.

Yonhap News TV: 02-398-4409 (Report) 4441 (Inquiry on article), KakaoTalk/LINE jebo23

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