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18 January 2019

Laos establishes road network development programme

First published18/01/2019

Construction of a major new expressway is due to commence in Laos during February 2019. The country is also planning an extensive programme of road upgrades and development work.

Construction is commencing on a four-lane expressway that will connect Dongmakkhai village in Xaythany district and the Lao International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre in Xaysettha district. The project is benefiting from US$200 million from a local firm and Chinese company Nolico.

The 15.2km expressway is intended to cut congestion and is planned to be complete by February 2021.

Meanwhile a budget of $140.8 million is required by the country’s Department of Bridges and Roads to kickstart road development and repair works across Laos. The programme includes 148 separate contracts and 20 road projects. The plans include 25 road repair projects, upgrading roads, renovating and repairing roads as well as implementing new drainage works.

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