Update on Pak Beng to Muang Ngeun road.

Discussion in 'Laos - General Discussion Forum' started by Moto-Rex, May 19, 2009.

  1. Update on Pak Beng to Muang Ngeun road.

    I took these photos about a month ago. This is serious road building.

    There would have been 25 excavators working fact out.
    There wasn't much traffic except for the big Chinese trucks.

    I'm sure the guys that rode this "track" only a 2 years ago will be amazed at whats happened to what Ive been told was one of the best off road tracks in Laos.






  2. yep, it's a step thru road now but the hills are still a little tricky and we'll see after rainy season what it looks like.

    Paving paradise
  3. Rex

    I'm curious about the road west from Pak Beng to the Pak Neuy area, directly across from the end of the new road heading north from M. Nguen.

    I was told by the boat people on the Mekong bank that it's about 15 km long. Looked like a dirt road to me but couldn't see clearly.

    Would make some sense (in Thailand or Laos??) if that section was also slated for an upgrade.

  4. Hi bkkmac.

    The first photo is the road from Pak Beng to Pak Neuy, the road construction on this side of the river is no were as advanced as the south side.

    The second shot is looking over the river to the south side to were the car ferry crosses .The entry on the north side for the ferry is a mess. The day I went over a truck got bogged getting off the ferry, so no one could get across. Ok for me, I went across on 2 small boats tied together.

    I wonder if this road is going to go through the main street in Pak Beng, or will it by pass the town.

    Looking at the size of the road being built, Id say there expecting a lot of traffic, and Pak Bengs main street is only very narrow.
  5. Highway on track to link northern provinces
    A 52-km new highway linking Xayaboury's Ngeun district with Pakbaeng district in Oudomxay province will be ready for use by 2009.
    The project will involve the construction of 16 bridges and a drainage system, with the first six kilometres of asphalt to be laid in Ngeun district in January, said the deputy director of the project, Mr Ardnada Boulom, yesterday.

    He said they were not anticipating any problems and expected the road to be finished on time, making travel between the neighbouring provinces much easier.

    Surveys for the road were conducted from 1999 to 2004, and the Lao and Thai governments are now working together to build the new highway.
    The Thai government provided a budget of more than 4 billion kip (more than US$400,000) to fund the survey, said the director of the project, Mr Vanheuang Chanthasan.

    The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has received a loan of more than 150 billion kip (more than US$16 million) from the Thai government to carry out the project.

    The Thai government has also provided more than 60 billion kip (more than US$6 million) to finance construction of the road.
    Mr Vaneheuang said the road was being built to enable travel during the rainy season, when the existing road was often impassable to vehicles trying to reach villages in these two districts.

    He said that once the road was built it would help to improve the living conditions of local people, as it would allow them to transport their goods to sell at markets, boosting their income.

    The residents of these districts are mostly farmers and grow many kinds of crops, including rice and ginger, as well as raising livestock.
    Once the road is complete, the country will have another road that can support trucks weighing up to 9.1 tonnes. The work comes with 20 years of guaranteed use and checkpoints to ensure that trucks are not overweight, said Mr Vanheuang.

    The planned asphalt road should allow people to earn more by selling and exporting their goods, as they will be able to increase the quantity and quality of production, explained the project director.
    By Meuangkham Noradeth

    Source: I guess Vientiane Times - don't remember anymore
  6. As far as I know (based on a map from the LNTA Tourism Office in Odomxai), there will be a bypass north of Pak Beng linking up with the road to Udomxai a few km. from Pak Beng.


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