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Vientiane-Pakxe Expressway feasibility study is underway

Four construction companies from Laos and China have been selected by the government to conduct surveys, feasibility studies and detailed designs for a Vientiane-Pakxe Expressway Project that is set to reduce road travel times by three hours when complete.
The 585 km-expressway from Vientiane to Champassak Province is set to comprise four 3.5 metre wide lanes with a total carriageway width of 23 metres.
Participating companies are Phousy Construction and Development Public Company, Douangchaleun Development Group, China Yunnan Sunny Road and Bridge Company, China Road and Bridge Cooperation Company, a Department of Roads official under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport confirmed to Vientiane Times via telephone.
The department’s Expressway Project Coordinator Mr Bounyavath Nilaxay said the companies are scheduled to begin their work this year and will take one year to complete following the signing of contracts with the ministry.
The government highlighted the construction of the expressway will help the nation to connect with the region with the aim of turning the land-locked country into a hub of connection.
“The construction of the expressway is a priority pilot project of the government and will attract more foreign investment and tourists to the country upon its completion,” he said.
The expressway will be crucial to reducing traffic jams and enabling faster and more efficient transport of goods and people.
It is set to generate income for the country and benefit the local areas proximate to the route in particular by helping to attract further foreign investment to the region.
The participating firms have been allocated various sections for the survey works.
Phousy Construction and Development Public Company will be responsible for the stretch starting from the intersection of Road No. 9 in Savannakhet province to the junction with Road No. 15 in Saravan province at a length of 128 km.
Douangchaleun Development Construction Group will work on a section some 117 km in length from the intersection of Road No. 12 in Khammuan province to the junction of Road No. 9 in Savannakhet province.
Meanwhile, China Yunnan Sunny Road and Bridge Company will conduct a feasibility study for a stretch of 164 km from Borikhamxay to Khammuan provinces.
China Road and Bridge Corporation will conduct a feasibility study from the junction of Road No. 15 in Saravan to Champassak province, some 82 km in length.
After completing surveys and feasibility studies by those companies, Mr Bounyavath stated that the government would allow them to invest in constructing of the expressway, which will operate under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession.
The road will be built based on Asean expressway standard grade 1 and be capable of accommodating loads of up to 11 tonnes per axle.
The construction of the new expressway will follow the route of National Road No. 13 South.
The initiative is being considered due to the growth in demand for transportation between the central and southern parts of the country and boosting economic growth, trade and investment both domestically and with other Asean member countries.
Presently, it takes some 10 hours by car from Vientiane to Champassak’s provincial capital Pakxe.
With the new expressway complete, travel times could be reduced to less than seven hours for the 650-km long journey.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 26,

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