Woman's bizarre $200k spend to solve common rush-hour gripe

Yahoo News Staff
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A mother has gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure her children can get to school safely while also combating congestion on a main road.

The mother from China's central Henan province spent more than one million yuan ($A198,000) on two foot bridges, so student can safely get across the main road to the Xiayi County Experimental Middle School.

The bridges will help students get across the busy main road to get to school safely. Source: Weibo
The bridges (one pictured) will help students get across the busy main road to get to school safely. Source: Weibo

According to the South China Morning Post, the main road lacks traffic lights and is dangerous due to congestion.

One teacher told the Henan Television Station the road was not safe for students or staff, as cars would not stop to allow for them to cross.

The woman who built the bridges was only identified as Meng, her family name.

She told Henan Television her child was in her second year at Xiayi County Experimental Middle School, though it wasn't just about the safety of her child, but others as well.

A mother has helped make getting to school safer for students at her child's school. Source: Getty Images, file
A mother has helped make getting to school safer for students at her child's school. Source: Getty Images, file

“I built the bridge out of my own pocket for the safety of the children. It will also help with more convenient and faster traffic,” Meng said.

Astonishingly, Meng did not tell anyone she was behind the funding of the bridges, saying she just did what she could "afford to do", adding she didn't want her child to be "vain".

One footbridge is almost done, while the foundation has been laid for the other. They were both approved by the local bureau of housing and urban-rural development.

Meng's generosity was widely praised on Chinese social media, with one person saying she has a "big heart".

Some however questioned her motive behind the move. 

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