Construction of fifth Lao-Thai Mekong bridge 23% complete

Work on the fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River, linking Pakxan district in Borikhamxay province to Bueng Kan province in northeastern Thailand, is now 23 per cent complete.

The bridge is expected to be fully complete in 2024 and will serve to boost trade and investment between Laos and Thailand.

Giving an update on the progress of construction over the past 11 months, Project Director Laythong Phommavong said that despite the Covid-19 outbreak work had been able to continue as planned, although in compliance with measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Construction began in January this year, under two separate contracts. Obligations under the first contract are now 18 per cent complete, exceeding the plan by 5.5 per cent, while 24 per cent of obligations under the second contract have been fulfilled, exceeding the plan by 2.3 per cent.

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