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25 Year Span: Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge Quarter Century Anniversary Arrives Via Australian Aid

First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge Opened in 1994, Funded by Australia.

Hundreds of thousands of cross-border passenger and vehicle trips each year are made possible by the first friendship bridge that crosses the Mekong from Laos’ capital to neighboring Thailand and several additional spans just like it.

Laos and Cambodia to Build Friendship Bridge Across Xelamphao River

Laos and Cambodia Bridge

Laos and Cambodia are to build a bridge crossing the Xelamphao River, connecting Champasack, Laos with Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith met with his Cambodian counterpart, Prak Sokhonn, yesterday, confirming the location of the bridge.

According to the Khmer Times, both countries had initially agreed upon a location, however Laos then requested a review in order to find a more suitable location.

The new location for the bridge was decided upon late last month after a Lao and Cambodian joint working team undertook a field survey.

The bridge, which crosses the Xelamphao River (named the Ropov River in Cambodia) will link Mounlapamok District, Champasack, with Thapeuay sub-district, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. The river currently serves as a border demarcation.

According to a spokesperson of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the bridge is to improve connections between the country, boosting trade and tourism for both nations.

Both countries are to cooperate in building the bridge, however the cost of construction is yet to be confirmed.

Mr. Sokhonn and Mr. Kommasith also discussed cross-border drug trafficking. Mr. Sounry said Mr. Sokhonn urged cooperation between both countries against drugs and that Mr. Kommasith agreed fully.

A new border crossing was opened between Laos and Cambodia last month, leading to the two countries agreeing to further promote trade and tourism.

Sekong Bridge Completion Delayed to 2018

Construction of the Sekong Bridge on National Road No.16B in Sekong province has experienced delays and completion is now slated for 2018 instead of next year as previously projected.

The construction of the bride began in 2014 at a projected cost of US$15 million and was originally expected to finish in March this year but they experienced some delays causing extensions beyond the project plan.

According to the construction project deputy head, Mr Khamkeng Keosouvanh, at present work on the project is about 70 percent complete.

The bridge will be 300 metres in length and 11 metres in width.

Therefore, the project developer proposed to extend the construction period for another ten months in order to improve some aspects of the work in accordance with accepted international techniques, he added.

So far, we have completed works under and above the bridge and the remaining works are bridge surface pavement and the bridge entrance approaches on each side, in order to ensure a quality finished product, Mr Khamkeng said.

To achieve the plan, the project developer will accelerate efforts to complete the remaining works, he added.

Sekong province is divided into two areas by the Sekong River as there is no connecting bridge. The eastern parts of the province are relatively undeveloped.

The first project aims to vitalise the regional economy across the river by improving transportation through the construction of a bridge, which will stimulate economic activities on both sides.

This will help improve the residents’ financial situation, particularly in the lesser developed areas.

If National Road No.16B is connected by this bridge, it would also increase cross-border trade between the southern part of Laos and its neighbouring countries.

Source: Vientiane Times

Trailer Carrying Excavator Causes Champassak Bridge Collapse

The Sahalao Service Company, owners of a low loader trailer that was carrying an excavator, has agreed to fund repairs to the old metal Huaychampy Bridge which collapsed in Champassak province on Sunday.

The bridge collapsed into the Champy stream when the trailer attempted to cross the bridge whilst carrying a load in excess of the weight limit.

Governor of Pakxong district Mr Vicith Keobuapha told Vientiane Times on Monday after viewing the damage that the bridge had a weight limit of about 20 tonnes but the trailer together with the excavator weighed nearly 40 tonnes.

Fortunately, no one was killed or injured when the bridge collapsed.

If it is found that the bridge cannot be repaired, the company will have to rebuild it, Mr Vicith said.

After the bridge collapsed, the trailer remained upright but an excavator that it had been carrying fell into the water.

The bridge, which crosses the stream at Km 36 and links Pakxe district with Pakxong district, is now impassable to traffic so drivers must take a detour via Saravan province to get to Pakxong.

The company has accepted responsibility for the accident and is building a temporary dirt road next to the bridge so that pick-up trucks can cross the stream. Coffee growers in particular use this crossing as it is now harvest time and their pick-ups are delivering the beans to processing factories.

Mr Vicith said the cost of the repairs could not yet be estimated because the damage had not been fully assessed.

According to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, heavy vehicles are the main cause of damage to roads and bridges, which are deteriorating on a daily basis. Increasingly, trucks carrying timber, cement, rocks, excavators and other heavy loads are plying the country’s somewhat fragile roads.

In 2014, the Huayphabang Bridge in Champassak province collapsed when a truck carrying a heavy load of timber tried to cross it. The truck belonged to the Khamseng Commerce Company, which repaired the bridge at a cost of about one billion kip (US$125,000).


Source: Vientiane Times

Govt Cancels Toll Collection at Thangon Bridge

The government has stopped collecting the toll at Thangon Bridge over the Nam Ngum River in Xaythany district, Vientiane after the debt for its construction has been fully repaid to the bank.