August 19, 2016

building better roads — Arterial road to link up Myanmar over 20 years

A lone motorcyclist traverses Nay Pyi Taw’s eight-lane highway.
A lone motorcyclist traverses Nay Pyi Taw’s eight-lane highway.

THE Ministry of Construction is planning an integrated arterial road network that would be built over the next 20 years and includes a highway between Yangon and Myitkyina, said a ministry spokesperson at a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
A master plan for Myanmar Expressway and Arterial Roads was completed with joint cooperation between Korea International Cooperation Agency and the Ministry of Construction from as part of KOICA’s grant programme.
Presented to the ministry in May, the arterial road network development project contains 7×5 Expressway Network spanning 9,470km, a Main Arterial Road Network (a union highway spanning 13,224km, and a Sub-Arterial Road Network (State/Region Road: 11,684 km) with a total length of 34,378km.
Over the next 20 years, the road will be developed in stages laid out by the master plan.
The master plan project also includes a feasibility study for improving roads between Monywa and Gangaw (180km).
The Ministry is planning to request a concessional loan from Korea and other donor countries for the construction of new roads spanning 15.8 km, including Pon Taung tunnel and Ponnya Taung tunnel.
The Ministry is also planning to issue rules for construction work-site safety and will take actions against construction companies that fail to comply.
The ministry has borrowed Japanese Yen equivalent to US$ 208 million at 0.01 percent interest rate from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for 40 years for the construction of road and bridges, $138 million at 0.01 percent interest rate from Korea to build the yet-to-exist Yangon-Dala bridge and $80 million from Asia Development Bank to upgrade Maubin-Kyaiklat Road in Ayeyawady Region.
The ministry is also making efforts to obtain a $120 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to upgrade a 66.4 km section of road connecting the towns of Eindu and Kawkareik in Kayin state, the missing link of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) East-West Corridor.
The ministry will finish 110 bridges in the current fiscal year, which ends on 31 March.


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