Govt Plans to Build Around Five Overpasses in Vientiane Capital

Government Plans At Least Four Overpasses Construction in Vientiane Capital
Artist's impression of the overpass at Kaisone Phomvihane Road. (photo: Lao Economic News)

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport is planning to construct up to five pedestrian footbridges in Vientiane Capital, but only one has received approval so far.

Deputy Head of the Vehicle Transportation Management Department of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Mr. Siphan Manivong, gave an interview on Thursday in which he discussed the construction of an overpass over Kaysone Phomvihane road in Saysettha District.

Mr. Siphan said that the construction began on Wednesday and that authorities have already cordoned off the road around the construction site. He added that the construction would take about four months to complete.

He did, however, reveal that the actual plan is to build four to five overpasses across Vientiane Capital but most of these are still awaiting government approval.

According to Mr. Siphan, the aim is to construct the remaining overpasses in the vicinity of the National University of Laos, Mahosot Hospital, Luk 2 Hotel, and in front of the Finance Department of Vientiane Capital.

Mr. Siphan went on to clarify that to construct the other overpasses, the government must do a study to determine if the intended region is suitable for their construction.

In addition, he also called on road users, instructing them to exercise extreme caution when driving in the vicinity of the Kaisone Phomvihane road construction site so as not to impede on the work.