Erosion sparks safety fear

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 August, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 August, 1995, 12:00am

EROSION caused by waves crashing on bridge piers on the Island Eastern Corridor has led the Highways Department to start a nine-month safety inspection.

The department's acting senior engineer, Gregory Ching, said the review was precautionary and did not mean the road was in any immediate danger.

'It has been there since the early 1970s and has been subject to coastal environmental conditions and we want to know what kind of condition the concrete is in,' Mr Ching said.

The study, which began this month, covers one kilometre of the corridor between Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay.

It was prompted after a wider inspection last summer of concrete piers, jetties and other marine structures found many to be in appalling condition.

At the time, Department senior engineer John Rothwell said the corridor was in generally good condition, but advocated further surveys.

Mr Ching said the same consultant which carried out last year's review, Taylor Woodrow Engineering, had been appointed to conduct the latest report.

The firm refused to comment on the work.