The first 40-mile section of the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway, on which hundreds of traffic accidents occur every year, will be upgraded to international standards with the assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), said Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin.
He made the comment at the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday in his answer to the question of whether the government has a plan to upgrade the road to a modern four-lane road in order to decrease road accidents, to install modern monitoring and safety equipment and to enforce traffic rules along the road.
“The cabinet has allowed us to get a loan from ADB to upgrade the section from 0 mile to 40 miles starting from Yangon, and we will submit our plan to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw soon,” said Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin.
The condition of the road does not meet international standards in three ways — speed, comfort and safety, he said.
Though the road was targeted to be constructed meeting the expressway standard, use of the road was allowed before the road met the international standard, said U Kyaw Lin.
In attempts to reduce traffic accidents, road signs, rumble strips, road lines, road lane and solar lamp posts are installed at 22 places where road accidents mostly happened.
The major cause of traffic accidents is speeding, and it has been discovered that the number of traffic accidents has decreased dramatically as speed limits have been imposed and pointed out that it is necessary to set up sign boards for road safety along the expressway.
Actions have been taken against more than 22,600 vehicles from 2016 to 2018 for breaking traffic rules.
Kyaw Thu Htet, Mi Mi Phyo/Myanmar News Agency