Incomplete Bratislava ring road reports another problem

The embankment has failed loading tests.

The construction of the D4 motorway near BratislavaThe construction of the D4 motorway near Bratislava (Source: TASR)

Asbestos found a few months ago on the construction site of the Bratislava ring road, which is part of the D4 highway and R7 express dual-carriageway, may not be the biggest problem of the building process.

The embankment did not pass static loading testing, which is probably an even bigger problem than the dangerous material, Peter Gandl of the National Highway Company (NDS) told the TASR newswire.

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The whole embankment is most likely to be deconstructed by the contractor of the motorway and built again, he added.

Wood and clothes

“During the inspection, the pieces of wood and some textiles and materials, which clearly do not belong to the embankment, were found there,” Gandl added, as quoted by TASR. “And, of course, they reduce its carrying capacity.”

The NDS has already performed some control tests and has taken some samples to analyse the problem. As there has been asbestos discovered, everything will have to be done using special methods, Gandl also said.

The material itself, which is only dangerous when manipulated, is not allowed on any building sites by law.

“The one who broke the law should get fined,” Gandl opined, as quoted by TASR.

The investigation into the issues has not been closed yet.

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