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Progress on Savannakhet Road No. 9 bridges approaching halfway

Construction of two new bridges along National Road No. 9 - the Xekoumkam Bridge and the Xethamuak Bridge - in Savannakhet province is now 44 percent complete.
The two concrete and steel bridges are part of efforts to upgrade Road No. 9 that forms the East-West Economic Corridor linking Laos with Thailand and Vietnam.
The Deputy Project Director, Mr Khammanh Senphimmachack, told Vientiane Times on Friday that the Xekoumkam Bridge across the Xekoumkam River, located at Km 123, Nonsa-art village, Phalanxay district, is 44 percent complete.
The bridge will be 90 metres long and 10.30 metres wide featuring two traffic lanes with two sidewalks. The bridge was designed and is being built to international standards.
The Xethamuak Bridge across the Xethamuak River, located at Km 140 in Oudomxay village, Phin district, is also 44 percent complete.
The second bridge will be 160 metres long and 11.80 metres wide with two traffic lanes and two sidewalks, and being built to the highest standards.
The two bridges, with a load-bearing capacity of over 40 tonnes, are being made of concrete and steel with asphalt laid on the surface of the traffic lanes.
Mr Khammanh said authorities are currently focusing on the construction of the bridge substructures.
Vehicles travelling along this route are being diverted to temporary bridges nearby.
Construction of the two bridges commenced in early January 2017 and they will be completed in June 2019 at a projected cost of more than 196 billion kip (2.528 million Yen), which will include funding for consultancy services and construction.
The funding includes grant assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the Lao government also contributing 10 billion kip for the project.
Mr Khammanh said, “The bridges will more easily link National Road No.9 from Savannakhet province to the Vietnam border. They will offer a shortcut for motorists travelling through the province and help contribute to commercial activities between Laos and Vietnam.”
“The bridges will also be important for the economic development of the region by improving the flow of goods between communities and ease transport to the neighbouring country,” he said.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 26,

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