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Old bridge in Battambang closed pending repairs

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The bridge was built during the French colonial era in 1916. Provincial Hall

Battambang provincial Governor Nguon Rattanak has closed a 100-year-old bridge in Battambang city pending the completion of repairs.

Mr Rattanak in a letter announcing the closure last week said provincial officials inspected the bridge recently and concluded it needs to be renovated.

“The bridge is called ‘Spean Thmor Chas’. It was built during the French colonial era in 1916. The bridge is 103 years old now,” he said. “In order to keep the bridge with us for longer…the provincial administration has decided to ban people from crossing or playing on the bridge.”

Hong Chet, an official with the provincial disaster management secretariat, yesterday said the bridge was often frequented by children who play on it.

Mr Chet said they are no longer allowed to do so until repairs are finished.

“We are worried about their safety, so we decided to ban the use of this bridge,” he said. “People would blame us if a child got hurt…that’s why we stopped allowing people to use it.”

Mr Chet added experts are now surveying the bridge to determine which parts need repairs, noting the experts will bear in mind the bridge’s original design.

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