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Third Lao-Thai bridge on track

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Recent rainfalls have not disrupted construction of the third Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge because the most important part of the structure has already been completed, sthe project’s coordinator.

Mr. Xaysana Fasavath said Wednesday that the bridge links the central Lao province of Khammuan to Nakhon Phanom province in Thailand and construction is running smoothly despite the onset of the wet season.

“We are working as normal and the project is now 50 percent complete, which is 13 percent ahead of schedule. An immigration building is now mostly complete, with just the roof remaining to be constructed,” he said.

“We are now also working on the superstructure of the bridge and welding, which we will suspend to work on paving if rain occurs.”

Workers are also preparing to lay concrete if the skies stay clear for a few days, he said. Xaysana said concrete has already been laid from the edge of the bridge to the immigration building and a further 500 metres of road will be paved to connect the bridge to Road No 13 South.

The Thai side is currently constructing its immigration facilities, he said. The bridge is scheduled for completion in November 2011, after work began in May 2009. A groundbreaking ceremony took place in March 2009 on both sides of the river. The ceremony was led by Lao Vice President Bounnhang Vorachit and Her Royal Highness Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.

Thailand has invested more than 1.7 billion baht in the construction of the bridge.

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