http://www.kpl.net.la/english/news/edn10.htm NATIONAL ROAD NO 4 TO BE UPGRADED (KPL) The national road No 4 with a 370km long connects from Xieng Nguen district of Luang Prabang province to Sayabouly province will be paved two grade of asphalt. After the Government has approved its own fund contributed to the grant aid and loan receiving from international financial fund and international aid organizations worth US$88.5 million to spend on a four-year construction project of the road No 4 linking Luang Prabang-Sayabouly province. The singing ceremony of the road construction took place in Khentao district, Sayabouly province between the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and a contractor company on 2 December, which drew the Minister of Public Works and Transport Sommad Pholsena, Sayabouly Governor Lien Thikeo and high-ranking officials of both sides. The road No 4 is main road of Sayabouly province links Luang Prabang province and other province, and Lao-Thai border. This is thanks to this road is important so the Government asked for loan and grant aid for the construction of road No 4 and a bridge spans over Mekong river between Thadeua and Parkon, from the Asian Development Bank, AusAID, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of Korea. The total construction cost was supported by the Lao Government (US$13.6 million), the Asian Development Bank (US$27 million of grant aid), the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of Korea (US$22.4 million), AusAID (US$14.5 million) and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (US$11 million). Comment: but what's this about a bridge over the Mekong between Thadeua & Parkon????