Ministry mulls route of Vientiane-Vietnam expressway

The government is discussing the planned route of an expressway running from Vientiane through Xaysomboun, Xieng Khuang and Huaphan provinces to the Vietnamese border.

A videoconference organised by the Ministry of Planning and Investment identified the key locations of the expressway corridor, which will end at the Nam Soy border crossing with Vietnam, according to the Lao Economic Daily.

The meeting assigned the Department of Roads of Ministry, Public Works and Transport, in collaboration with provincial and capital Departments of Public Works and Transport, to discuss and inspect the locations through which the expressway will pass in each district, taking into consideration local needs. Officials were also instructed to look at the proposed connecting points between provinces.

They should then present a report to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which will approve the key locations of the corridor. This will be used as the initial route for the contractor company to conduct a detailed study and select the next section of the corridor, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

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