Motorists should enjoy reduced travel times in the capital when the construction of road links between the That Luang marsh area and other roads are complete.
The That Luang Marsh Special Economic Zone is planning to invest about US$7 million, including compensation, to upgrade the road around the zone, which links to other roads in the capital, in a bid to ease traffic congestion.
Deputy Head of the Special Economic Zone Management Committee of Vientiane, Mr Somkiet Sihalath, told Vientiane Times on Wednesday the road upgrade is taking place in three sections across the special economic zone.
“The first section runs from the traffic lights at Phonthan village to Nonvai village. This section will be 36 metres wide and 2.6 km in length. After the asphalting is done, it will accommodate six lanes of traffic and will have street-lights. Work on this section started at the end of last year and the road is expected to open in the middle of this year,” he said.
“After the first section is complete we will begin work on the second section and then the third section.”
Mr Somkiet said the second section will run from the market at Donkoy village to Meuangnoy village. This section will be 24 metres wide and 400 metres long, and will be asphalted. The third section will run from Lao-ITECC and the Asean Mall to the T4 Road. This section will be 24 metres wide and 760 metres long.
When the road is finished, it should help to ease congestion in the city centre which currently carries a very large volume of traffic, particularly at certain times of the day.
The new road will improve the quality of life for city residents and will also ease the transport and trade operations of businesses, making them more efficient.
Many roads in the capital under presently under construction as the authorities attempt to reduce congestion. Two notable projects are the construction of the 11-km road running from Donnokkhoum village in Sisattanak district to the 450 Year Road in Xaysettha district. This road is now over 70 percent complete and should be finished by the end of 2019.
The other is the 15.3-km Vientiane expressway which will run from Lao-ITECC in Xaysettha district to Dongmakkhai village in Xaythany district. This four-lane, 5 metre wide road will be built parallel to Kaysone Phomvihane Avenue, according to the Vientiane Public Works and Transport Department.