VIENTIANE: Seven months ahead of schedule, the key section of the cross- Luang Prabang Mekong River Railway Bridge is completed. The 1,458.9-meter bridge lies in the north of the Luang Prabang ancient town, a world heritage in Laos.

According to the Laos-China Railway (LCRC), the bridge over Luang Prabang Mekong River was the most challenging task among the 160 bridges of the railway project, involving the most complex bridge construction techniques.

The Chinese engineers have overcome various difficulties involved- turbulent current, the rapidly rising water level in rainy seasons and non-overburden riverbed. The teams have also overcome the technical difficulties in building support bridge for pier construction.

According to the China Railway No. 8 Engineering Group (CREC-8), in charge of the construction of the two cross-Mekong River bridges of the railway, construction of the Ban Ladhan Mekong River bridge is also proceeding efficiently and will be completed by the end of 2019 as scheduled.

The Railway project will ease the inter-connectivity between China and neighbouring countries. The construction of the railway started in 2016 and is expected to be operational in December 2021.

The China-Laos railway project connects the Mohan-Boten border gate in northern Laos and Vientiane. The route will have maximum operating speed upto 160 km per hour.

Source: Xinhua News Agency