Ban Hom Road upgrade on schedule
Workers have been pouring concrete to resurface the Ban Hom Road in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane, with the long-awaited upgrade scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
A 4km section from the Chinaimo junction to Somhong village has now been fully concreted making up part of the 14km road running from Chinaimo through Somhong and Kaengpayang villages following the Mekong to Thakhek and Xaifongneua villages.
Project Manager Mr Khounsombath Feuaymanivong told Vientiane Times yesterday that workers were busily concreting while also installing the piped water system, improving certain sections of finished road, and tidying up the roadsides. The main work of the project is about 45 percent complete while the remaining work is expected to be completed on time.
“The project will still come in on time because our teams have been working hard on both day and night shifts. They have been able to install the water system and grade the road in 300 metre sections a day before starting to pour concrete,” Mr Khounsombath said.
“When the road is finally resurfaced, its improved condition will ease traffic and should enable faster and more efficient transport of people and goods,” he added.
The project is part of the country's drive towards nationwide development and graduation from Least Developed Country status by 2020.
Mr Khounsombath said the upgraded road will also benefit the local area by helping to attract foreign investors, particularly now that Laos is part of the Asean Economic Community.
The project contractor is China's Hihan Business Company, who originally agreed to undertake the upgrade at a cost of over US$50 million (about 403 billion kip).
The road was designed to be 15 metres wide, with drainage on both sides as well as footpaths and streetlights.
The reserved area on either side of national roads is set at 25 metres, while it is 15 metres along provincial roads and 10 metres along district roads, according to the Public Works and Transport Department.
The road has been in appalling condition for several years while transport has been difficult due to the deep ruts and mud slicks that form in the wet season.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 03, 2017)