http://www.kpl.net.la/english/news/edn17.htm Construction of 4th Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge to kick off in 2009 (KPL) The 4th Lao-Thai Friendship Mekong Bridge Construction Project will link the Bokeo province of Laos and the Chieng Rai province of Thailand. This bridge, which will be built on the Mekong River will become part of 270 kilometer R3a road. This bridge will be connected to the road that links Laos, China and Thailand so that it becomes a seamless highway. Construction work will commence in June 2009.On its completion this will be the fourth bridge across the Mekong River . The others are located in Vientiane, Savannakhet and Khammuane.Bokeo residents believed that the 4th Lao-Thai Friendship Mekong Bridge between two provinces of the countries would lead to an increase in trade, transport, investment and tourism. At the same time it will also bring the Thais and Lao people closer together. Mr Thavonh Vorabouth, Deputy Director General of the 4th Lao-Thai Friendship Mekong Bridge Construction Project, Bokeo province disclosed yesterday that the plan of the 4th Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge Construction Project is completed. Construction work will begin on June 2009 and it will be completed in 2011. The Chinese and Thai governments have jointly invested around US$ 59 million on a 50 –50 basis and it is in the form of cooperative shares. The Lao government would provide basic facility support for the 480 meters long and 14.7 meters wide bridge project. He added that the 4th Lao-Thai Friendship Mekong Bridge would boost trade, investment, tourism and transportation in Laos, China and Thailand. Comment: And here comes another Lao Motorcycle Ban entering the Lao PDR by the "Friendship" Bridge!