Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister inspects construction of fifth Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge
Bridge connecting Thailand’s Bueng Kan province to Laos’ Bolikhamsai province.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy has visited Bueng Kan province to inspect the construction of the fifth Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge, which will connect Thailand’s Bueng Kan province to Laos’ Bolikhamsai province.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Supattanapong Punmeechaow visited Bueng Kan province in the northeastern region of Thailand, where he inspected the construction of the new Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge and the construction of Highway No.212 from Hor Kham to Bueng Kan.
The fifth Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge will provide a road connection across the Mekong River between Bueng Kan province on Thailand’s side, and Bolikhamsai province on Laos’ side. The project consists of the construction of the bridge itself, as well as ground-level access and immigration facilities on both sides of the border. The construction is scheduled to be completed by January 2024.
The construction of the bridge and Highway No.212 is now ahead of schedule by 2.338%, which is more than the benchmark 1.491% for March 2021, while overall progress of all related contracts is now 5.594%.
The Deputy Prime Minister said these projects will help advance government policies, from border trade promotion, to tourism promotion, border security, and employment promotion in local communities.
Both projects are considered important aspects of transport infrastructure that can help increase the competitiveness of provinces located in the upper northeastern region of Thailand, by providing a transportation link between Thailand and Laos, with the capacity to support the growing volume of international travelers and cargo shipments.
Source: Thaivisa & NNT