Heavy rainfall easily crack R3, a new regional highway
(KPL) According to the Public Works and Transport Office of Luang Namtha province, the R3 highway that links Laos, China and Thailand is being damaged at 10 locations on the Lao side and the Lao government is making efforts to raise money for repairs.
The first stretch of R3 highway runs from the Lao-China border town of Boten to Luang Namtha Province and so it links Laos to Yunnan Province, China.
This road then run across Laos to Huay Sai, the border town located on the banks of the Mekong River and the opposite side is the Thai town, Chan Kong.
Mr Bounthan Xayvanthone, Technical Officer of Public Works and Transport Office in Luang Namtha Province disclosed yesterday that the 70-kilometre R3 road, built at a cost of 250 million yuan, with huge cracks at various locations, is still being used by huge trucks with container trailers, passenger buses and other vehicles but they have to slow down to negotiate the cracked road
He added that the cracks and erosion of R3 road were caused by the heavy rainfall of this wet season but based on on-site inspection the damages were so serious and rapid and this is because of poor workmanship.
“Based on my assessment the damages of R3 road from Nam Lang River to the Boten checkpoint is due to poor workmanship and my rating would be: 60% satisfactory and 40% shoddy workmanship,” said Mr Bounthan. At the moment, officials from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport pointed that this road is part of the Northern Economic Corridor, it links Laos, China and Thailand and so they called for road repairs to be carried out as soon as possible.
They told KPL News that both the Lao and Chinese governments would discuss the possibility of raising money to fund the repairs.
R3 Highway Construction Project constructed this 228.7 long road, it linked three countries, Laos, China and Thailand, it was divided into three sections and each of the sections was constructed by a specific financial source.
The first section, a 70 kilometre stretch was funded by China and the second section, a 77 kilometre stretch was constructed with money from the Asian Development Bank and for the third section, a stretch of 84 kilometres, it was funded by Thailand.
This three-part highway was officially opened in March 2008 when Laos hosted the 3rd Greater Mekong Sub-Region Summit in