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Two years to repair flooded Czech roads

FLOOD DAMAGE to Czech Repulic roads following heavy rain last week could take as long as two years to repair, a senior Czech republic highways official said this week.

Thirty motorway and trunk road bridges have been badly damaged or washed away entirely, and 120km of pavement seriously damaged, said engineers from the roads department of the Czech Ministry of Transport & Communication on Monday.

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 on destruction wrought by the flood 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 to the Ministry of Transport, 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.

And engineers were bracing themselves for further rain as NCE went to press.

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 (£68M) for pavement repairs and £15M for bridge repairs.

Mott MacDonald Praha managing director Jiri Petrak estimated the cost of providing highways with a piled foundation, capable of withstanding inundation, at £2M/km. This would put the cost for pavement repairs on damage reported so far by the roads department at £1.83bn.

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