(KPL) The Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Laos and the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a feasibility study of the planned expressway linking Vientiane and Pakxe, Section 4.
The document was signed by the Director General of the ministry’s Roads Department Pheng Douangngeun, and CRBC’s General Manager Li Xu.
This section will run from Road No. 15 in Saravan Province to Pakxe in Champassak Province, over a distance of 82 km.
The total length of the planned expressway, running from Vientiane to Champassak Province, is 585 km.
The road will be built to specifications laid down under ASEAN Expressway Standard Grade 1 and will be able to carry truck loads of up to 11 tonnes per axle. It will have four lanes and a carriageway width of 23 metres.
It will be built parallel to National Road 13 South and is considered essential because of the growth in transport between central and southern Laos. It would also boost economic growth in Laos and other ASEAN countries.
At present it takes about 10 hours by car to travel from Vientiane to Pakxe. When the expressway is completely built, travel time will be reduced to less than seven hours.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport Santisouk Simmalavong, company representatives and other invited guests.
Source: Lao News Agency