The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) began project preparations for a highway that extends from its capital Vientiane to Pakse city in the southern province of Champasak. The project is part of a highway that will connect Vientiane with Viet Nam’s capital Hanoi.
A report from Lao News Agency said the government chose Chinese and local companies to conduct feasibility studies on the following:
- a 164-kilometer road between Bolikhamxay province and the town of Thakhek in Khammouane province;
- a 117-km road between Thakhek and Savannakhet province;
- a 128-km road between Savannakhet and Saravan province; and
- an 82-km road between Saravan and Champasak.
Pakse is the second most populous city in the country, next to Vientiane. It is where the Mekong and Xe Don rivers meet.