Rubber tyre wall to make Vietnam’s perilous mountain pass safer

The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam ordered the installation of a rubber tyre wall to ensure safety along an “accident prone” mountain pass. The walls, made up of sand-filled old rubber tyres piled into iron pillars, are installed along the Lo Xo mountain passing through Quang Nam and Kon Tum provinces. The project worth VN?4.5 billion (US$193,500), which was started last year, currently spans 800m. The project is expected to be complete this year, covering more than 1,100m along the mountain pass.

Lo Xo mountain is an accident prone area. As many as 192 traffic accidents were recorded along the mountain pass, which killed 65 people and injured 333 othersfrom January 2005 to June last year. The pass stretches dozens of kilometres with difficult turns and curbs. Some parts of the pass are steep with cliff edges on one side and mountains on the other.Juneof last year, a fatal accident occurred at the spot, killing three people and injuring dozens.