Second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge

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Second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge
Mukdahan Friendship Bridge II.JPG
Carries Motor vehicles
Crosses Mekong River, Thai-Lao Border
Locale Mukdahan, Mukdahan Province
Savannakhet, Savannakhet Province
Official name Second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge
Characteristics
Design box girder bridge
Total length 1600 m
Width 12 m
History
Opened January 9, 2007
Second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge, seen from Mukdahan
Change from left to right hand drive
Checkpoint near the bridge (Thai side)

The Second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge (Thai: สะพานมิตรภาพ ไทย-ลาว แห่งที่ 2, Thai pronunciation: [sàpʰaːn míttràpʰâːp tʰaj laːw hɛ̀ŋ tʰîː sɔ̌ːŋ]; Lao: ຂົວມິດຕະພາບ ລາວ-ໄທ ແຫ່ງທີສອງ) over the Mekong connects Mukdahan Province in Thailand with Savannakhet in Laos. The bridge is 1600 meters (1.0 mi) long and 12 meters (39 ft) wide, with two traffic lanes.[1]

Traffic on the bridge drives on the right, as in Laos, while traffic in Thailand drives on the left; the change-over is on the Thai side.

History[edit]

Box girder sections being constructed, and a completed box girder span almost completed on left of photo

Bridge construction began on March 21, 2004. Supports and spans were constructed on shore, then moved out onto pylons in the river by crane.[citation needed]

The total cost was about 2.5 billion baht (US$70 million), funded largely by a Japanese loan. An official opening ceremony was held on December 19, 2006, although the bridge only opened to the general public on January 9, 2007.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ People's Daily, 2nd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge officially opens, December 20, 2006

External links[edit]

Pylons being constructed, as seen from shore
Project sign

Coordinates: 16°36′04″N 104°44′09″E / 16.60111°N 104.73583°E / 16.60111; 104.73583