New bridge over the Mekong at PakLay


Nov 10, 2003
Source: Lao News Agency July 12, 2010

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport last Friday signed a contract of construction of a steel truss bridge superstructure for Park Lai Bridge over the Mekong River in the northwestern Sayaboury province, with the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Co., Limited from China.

The contract was signed by the director of the Road and Bridge Department?s Project Monitoring Division, Mr. Soukkhaseum Parkdymanivong and a representative of the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Co., Limited.

The event was witnessed by the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr. Sommath Pholsena, Vice Governor of Sayaboury province, Mr. Khamsouk Thor and officials of both sides.

The 370 metre long bridge will connect Nasak village in Park Lai district, to Khok Khaodor village, Sanakham district, Vientiane province, will cost about 4.5 million euro, 2.3 million euro of which are grant from the Government of the Netherlands and 2.1 million euro input of the Lao government.

Upon completion at the end of 2013, the bridge will facilitate the land communication and transport between Sayaboury and Vientiane and other provinces to replace water travel.