According to the bank document, the project development objective is to improve road condition, safety and climate resilience of a 58 km-section of Lao National Road No. 13 North (NR13N) from Xaimounkhoung Village of Vientiane Capital to Phonhong Village of Vientiane Province. This section links Vientiane Capital with Vangvieng and Louangphabang, major tourist destinations. The road section also runs through two districts, Naxaythong,located in the Vientiane Capital City, and Phonhong in Vientiane Province, covering about 40 villages in total.
The project is expected to improve national connectivity, access to public services, markets for the road users particularly those in Vientiane Capital and in Vientiane Province, the project will also help to reinforce regional integration and promote greater economic activity.
Proposed works on the road includes widening the road from the existing 2 lanes to 4 lanes along the first 19km (from km 12-31) and rehabilitation of 39 km ( km 31-70) of existing 2 lanes road.
The alignment of the road itself will be modified slightly at 4 locations:
1.the Houay Xaimoun Bridge at km 6+975 will be expanded from 2 to 4 lanes, with the added lanes on the left side requiring that the centerline be shifted to the left for a
distance of 200 m from each end of the bridge;
2.the Houay Xone Bridge at km 9+953 will be expanded from 2 to 4 lanes, with either one lane added to each side or 2 lanes added on the right side (the preferred option), and the preferred options requiring that the centerline be shifted to the right for a distance of 150m from each end of the bridge;
3.the Nam Houm Bridge at km19+200 will be expanded from 2 to 4 lanes, with the added lanes on the left side requiring that the centerline be shifted to the left for a distance of 200m from the south end of the bridge and 150m from the north end; and
4.the sharp curve to the right at Ban NaNga at km 25+570, where the radius of curvature will be increased from 200m to 280m to make it safe for vehicles traveling at 80km/hr
Borrower US$ 54 million
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