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Two years to repair flooded Czech roads

FLOOD DAMAGE to Czech Repulic roads could take as long as two years to repair, a senior Czech republic highways official estimated.

Thirty motorway and trunk road bridges have been badly damaged or washed away, and 120km of pavement seriously damaged, said the roads department of the Czech Ministry of Transport & Communication in the aftermath of the flooding. On secondary A and B roads, flooding damaged 136 bridges and 780km of pavement.

Damage ranges from erosion of hard shoulders and subsidence of bridges to total wash outs of structures or sections of road.

Data has so far been collated only for sections of road between urban areas. The true scale of damage is expected to be much worse, when city, town and parish councils submit damage reports, said Czech Republic highways agency chief Frantisek Baroch.

It is also expected that the saturated ground will lead to further subsidence of roads and bridges in the coming weeks.

Less than a third of the Czech Republic's damaged road infrastructure is expected to be back in operation before the end of this year, said Baroch.

The government has so far allocated CzK3.3bn (US$1bn) for pavement repairs and US$23M for bridge repairs.

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