Transport minister orders inspection of bridges

Transport Minister Dan Tok has ordered an inspection of all bridges built in this country in the period from 1960 to 1980.

The move comes after an inspection of a bridge in Doubí, near Karlovy Vary revealed that it was in much worse condition than previously thought and would have to be pulled down. The bridge was originally slated for reconstruction.

The inspection ordered should start immediately and cover some 1,000 bridges around the country. There are over 18,000 road bridges in the Czech Republic and close to 7,000 rail bridges.