We refer to Mr Tony Loke Yue Chong’s letter ‘How safe are our bridges?’ (TODAY, 6 Jun) and thank him for his views.
To ensure that all our bridges are safe for use, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) follows a well-established maintenance and inspection regime that is benchmarked against international standards, and practiced by various agencies worldwide, including the British Department of Transport. Under this regime, engineering consultants will perform maintenance inspection annually to look out for visual defects, such as defective or damaged parts. Besides the annual checks, a more detailed principal inspection will also be carried out by a Professional Engineer once every four years to assess the structural integrity of the bridges.
Any defects identified during these inspections are quickly rectified based on the appropriate method recommended by the Professional Engineer or engineering consultants.
We thank Mr Loke for the opportunity to clarify.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority