Northern Greater Mekong Subregion Transport Network Improvement Project

Date: March 2010
Document Type: Reports and Recommendations of the President
Project Number: 41656-012; 41656-022

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The proposed supplementary grant will improve about 367 kilometers (km) of Route 4 (the project road) from Xiang-Ngeun to Nakha, will construct a bridge over the Mekong River on the project road, and will improve about 100 km of rural access roads in the project area. The project will also (i) support maintenance of the national road network by providing financing for periodic road maintenance, (ii) improve road safety by financing consulting services to continue the ongoing road safety assistance program, and (iii) finance a program to reduce the risks of HIV/AIDS/sexually transmitted infections and human trafficking that may develop during the improvement and operation of the project road. The project will support regional cooperation between the Lao PDR and Thailand by facilitating cross-border traffic movement on border crossings between the two countries. The supplementary grant will finance cost and quantity overruns for the improvement of Route 4, including road widening of 60 km.