The construction of the third Lao-Thai
bridge over the Mekong river, connecting the town of Thakhek in Laos’
Khammouane province to Nakhon Phanom province in Northeastern Thailand, is set
to begin next month by a Thai private company that has won the bidding. Mr. Onema Lassavong, Director of Public Works and Transport Department
of Khammouane Province, confirmed that the groundbreaking ceremony will take
place in early March, after the handover ceremony of the railroad connecting
Bangkok to Laos’ train station at Dongphosy or Tha Nalaeng, Hatsayphong district
in Vientiane capital.
construction cost of the 3rd Lao-Thai bridge, expected to be over 18
million Baht, will be funded solely by the Thai government, which
had required that it alone be allowed to select the builders. And the Italian-Thai Development PCL company has been
selected based on its extensive experience in construction, having done many projects
in Laos, including dams and infrastructures.
3rd Mekong bridge will be constructed in Veun Tai Village in the prefecture of
Thakhek, about 13 kilometers north of the town of Thakhek and opposite Hom
Village in Thailand’s Nakhonphanom district. It will have a span of over 700
meters and a width of 7 meters. The two roads connecting both ends of the
bridge will be over 5,000 meters long. Construction is expected to be completed
in the next three years.
and Thai officials, particularly Khammouane and Nakhon Phanom provincial authorities,
hope that this Mekong Bridge will play an important role in promoting cooperation
in trading, investment and tourism, that can be linked to the central provinces
of Vietnam as well. The special advantage of the construction of the bridge is
that it is the shortest communication and transportation link between the three
neighbors, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, via Route 12 in Khammouane Province
which is only 170 Km long.
the bridge’s strategic importance, Khammouane provincial authorities envision to develop
and upgrade their province
into a comprehensive services and tourism hub for Thailand and Vietnam after the completion of the bridge construction.
to our VOA-Bangkok stringer, there are currently only 7 hotels, 41 motels and 51
restaurants as well as 146 tourist attraction sites that need to be further developed
to meet international standards in order to be able to receive the full
benefits from the economic development in the region as a result of this bridge construction.
Singrit Pongern reported from Bangkok. (English
translation by Buasawan Simmala and Dara Baccam)
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