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6th Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge Planned

A map showing various bridges and other transport projects on the Thai-Laotian border.
A map showing various bridges and other transport projects on the Thai-Laotian border.

Thailand and Laos are discussing the idea of building a sixth Friendship Bridge over the Mekong River to connect the two countries.

Speaking Friday in Amnat Charoen, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said the project could start after both sides reach a conclusion.

Sarawut Songwilai, director-general of the Department of Highways, said the 4.4-billion-baht bridge would stretch 1.02 kilometers and link Thailand’s Highway 2112 in Na Tan District of Ubon Ratchathani and Highway 13 in La Khone Pheng town of Laos.

He expected both countries to equally share the construction cost as usual and conclude the details of the project within this year.

Land will be expropriated in the next two years. The construction could start in 2023 and be completed in 2025, Sarawut said.

The transport minister was checking the progress of various projects in Amnat Charoen, Yasothon and Mukdahan provinces. Saksayam said he was speeding up the construction of new highways, railways including a high-speed system, and airport improvement to facilitate transport.