.Tanmixay-Sikeuth road upgrade 10 percent complete
The 9.4 kilometre road running from the Tanmixay crossroads in Xaythany district to the Sikeuth junction on Road 13 North in Naxaithong district is undergoing an upgrade which is now 10 percent complete.
The contractor, Tangchaleun Group Co., Ltd., says the project will be completed on schedule.
Company Vice President Mr KhamboneThammavongsa said they had finished laying the drainage pipes and were now in the process of clearing the roadside and removing any obstacles to construction.
The firm will invest 100 percent of the project cost upfront with the government to reimburse them at a later date.
The upgrade is expected to be finished within two years, with work taking place from October 2016 to 2018. The project cost is set at US$45.1 million or about 367 billion kip (including interest).
The government will repay the Tangchaleun Group Co., Ltd. over a period of seven years with the interest rate set at 3.5 percent per annum, starting from next year.
The completed road will be 28 metres wide with six lanes, a median strip, sidewalks and a drainage system. Traffic lights will also be installed.
The project is one of the capital's infrastructure improvement priorities. It will divert heavy trucks travelling between the northern and southern provinces, or to and from the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane, away from the congested city centre.
The upgrade will also improve life and business for traders and residents alongside the road.
The road connects Road 13 North, the 450 Road, and Kaysone Phomvihane Road via the National University of Laos.
It is also a main access route into Vientiane and carries a large volume of traffic, especially in the rush hour, as it is close to several schools and the university.
When the road upgrade is complete it should help to ease congestion in the city centre. In the meantime motorists should avoid this road if possible so that workers can continue uninterrupted.
Elsewhere, an upgrade of the 14 kilometre road running from the Chinaimo junction to Thakhaek village in Hadxaifong district is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.
Work is taking place from April 2016 until the end of 2017 with the total cost of the project set at US$50 million (about 404 billion kip). The government is footing the bill for the project, according to the contractor.
The completed road will be 12 metres wide with four lanes, sidewalks and a drainage system. Traffic lights will also be installed.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 27, 2017)