May 13, 2015

Lao PDR and Myanmar Open Bridge

By Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit, TTRWeekly, May 12, 2015

The first ever Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge linking northern Laos with Myanmar across the Mekong River was officially opened last Saturday by Lao PDR President, Choummaly Sayasone and his Myanmar counterpart, Thein Sein, the Lao News Agency reported.

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The Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge is located between Houay Koum village, approximately 13-km north from Xiangkok village, Long district, Luang Namtha province of the Lao PDR, and Kenglap, Thachilek district, Shan State of Myanmar.

The bridge, which is 691.6 metres long and 10.9 metres wide, was funded through a joint investment by the Lao and Myanmar governments with each side financing half of the cost.

It took 30 months to construct the USD26 million bridge and was completed five months ahead of schedule.

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