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OCIC plans two new bridges

Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:32 Tep Nimol 
People stand at sunset yesterday near the northern bridge to Diamond Island, where a stampede last month killed 353 people. Photo by: Heng Chivoan
Representatives of a development company said that the firm plans to
build two new concrete bridges close to the Diamond Island suspension
bridge, where more than 350 people were killed last month in a stampede
on the final night of the annual water festival holiday.

An
official government investigation determined that the swaying of the
suspension bridge caused panic and led to the stampede, which left 353
people dead and another 393 injured.

Touch Samnang, Koh Pich
project manager for the Overseas Cambodian Investment Cooperation, said
yesterday that the new bridges would be more stable.

“The two bridges are concrete,” he said. “They are different from Koh Pich Bridge.”

He declined to give a timeline for the project, which he said would cost an estimated US$3 million.

During
a meeting at City Hall on Monday, Governor Kep Chuktema gave permission
for the construction of the bridges to begin in mid-January.

At
the meeting Sum Piseth, vice director of the municipal Management
Office, said the two bridges would each be 101 metres in length and 12
metres wide, and would have emergency stairs and “no shaking”.

“Those bridges will take, at the longest, 10 months to complete,” he said. 

Phnom Penh Post 
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