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09.11.2012 19:18

Taking a New Spin on Bridge Safety

Catastrophic bridge failures have raised questions over the quality of recently-built structures, but many experts say overloaded vehicles have initiated most collapses
By staff reporters Cui Zheng and Liu Hongqiao
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The collapse of an eight-lane bridge in Harbin caused the deaths of three people and injured five


(Beijing) – China’s bridges aren’t in bad shape, but they aren’t designed to handle the extra heavy loads, according to many experts.  

While policymakers may be dealing with a slump in confidence over infrastructure projects on multiple fronts, experts say a troublesome trend of bridge collapses has been attributed to the transport of unsafe loads – and not problems with structural integrity.

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