6th Thai - Laos Mekong Friendship Bridge

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Tambon Natan to be site of sixth Thai-Lao Friendship bridge

A committee charged with selecting the location for the sixth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge has selected Tambon Natan in Ubon Ratchathani’s Natan district for the construction, a deputy governor said on Thursday.

Ubon Ratchathani deputy governor Chalermpol Mungkung said the location was chosen because it would be near large communities and could be linked easily to existing roads. He said the bridge will link to Ban La Khone Pheng town in Laos’ Salavan province. He said the project could start without the need to carry out an environmental impact study.

The approximate location
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This is upstream from the 300 Mekong Holes Samphanbok
Samphanbok - the Mekong holes - from Ubon


Source: Nation News 19 January 2018
 

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Latest Thai-Lao friendship bridge study finished in December: chief

Breaking News August 14, 2018 10:01

By The Nation

Studies on the economic viability, structural engineering and environmental impact of the sixth Thai-Lao friendship bridge will be completed in December, says the chief of the Highway Department.


Thanin Somboon, the department’s director-general, said the Cabinet has approved a Bt4.3-billion budget to build the bridge linking the neighbouring countries.

The 25.8-kilometre-long bridge would link Na Tai district in Ubon Ratchathani across the Mekong River to Muang Lakhonpheng in Salavan province of Laos.

When studies are completed, the two governments will sign a memorandum of understanding on funding sources and land expropriations for the project, Thanin said.

The final details will be approved by the Cabinet in about January next year, he added.

He said Thailand would shoulder Bt2.4 billion of the cost of construction, with the rest paid by

Source: The Nation News 14 August 2018​
 

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An update 21 December 2020

Sixth Thai-Lao PDR Friendship Bridge to Open in 2025

Thailand’s Ministry of Transport is scheduled to complete the 6th Thai-Lao friendship bridge by 2025, according to Mr. Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand Minister of Transport. This new bridge promises to further enhance border trade and promote tourism between Thailand and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR).

The 1.02 km bridge links Thailand's Highway 2112 in Na Tan district of northeastern Ubon Ratchathani province with Lao PDR’s Highway 13 in La Khone Pheng town. It is estimated to cost around $140 million (THB 4.36 billion). Start of construction is tentatively set for 2023. The two countries are expected to share the cost of the bridge construction.

Source: Greater Mekong