Laos Government to Repair Roads from Vientiane to Bolikhamxay

Road repair work in Bolikhamxay.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has said it will begin resurfacing work along a stretch of road between Vientiane Capital and Bolikhamxay Province.

The project to repair roads in Xaythany ad Pakngum districts in Vientiane Capital and Thapabath District, Bolikhamxay province, is being undertaken with a loan from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) with a value of about USD 60 million, according to a notice issued by the Public Works and Transport Office.

It is estimated the road repair work will start at the end of this year with the implementation period running from 2023 to 2033 over a total of 50 kilometers.

The Public Works and Transport Office is prohibiting the construction of new fences, houses, and other residential structures within 25 meters of the road area, as residents will not receive compensation or replacement for any damage.

A consulting company under the ministry will conduct a survey and collect information on environmental and social impacts, and calculate compensation for those affected by the project.

Residents of Thaphabath district in Bolikhamxay Province, where a separate major road upgrade project from Vientiane to Bolikhamxay is being undertaken, called on authorities in November last year to take action regarding clouds of white dust that pose a significant risk to their health.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport estimates over LAK 190 billion (USD 11,256,569) to repair roads and manage flooding in Vientiane in preparation for the ASEAN Summit in 2024.