Bridge and tunnels to be inspected every 5 years
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has decided to obligate the operators of highways in all prefectures to carry out safety inspections of bridges and tunnels every 5 years to prevent accidents.
Attention was drawn to the aging infrastructure of Japan’s highways after the ceiling collapsed in the Sasago Tunnel two years ago, killing nine people.
The ministry said there are 700,000 bridges and 10,000 tunnels nationwide.
Saknei Shimbun quoted a ministry spokesperson as saying that the government will prepare a new safety inspection manual which includes guidelines for more stringent safety checks and a more efficient method of archiving the assessment the condition of bridges and tunnels, as well as a record of repairs.