1st bridge beam erected along China-Laos railway

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A technician seen working at the construction site of the first China-Laos Railway T-shaped concrete beam in Lao capital Vientiane, Dec. 2, 2018. Xinhua

VIENTIANE (Xinhua) – The first China-Laos Railway T-shaped concrete beam has been successfully erected at the site of China Railway No.2 Engineering Group (CREC-2) here.

The erection which coincided on the 43rd anniversary of National Day of Lao People’s Democratic Republic on Sunday means that the construction of China-Laos railway has been transferred from substructure to superstructure and it will become the milestone in the history of the construction of China-Laos railway, according to the CREC-2.

The project starts from Boten, the northern Lao town bordering China, connects with the Chinese Yuxi-Mohan Railway in Yunnan province to the north, and reaches to Vientiane in the south.

The China-Laos railway is being promoted by the leaders of the two countries as a project of interconnectivity. Since the commencement of construction in December 2016, the building of tunnels, bridges, roadbeds and other sections has progressed smoothly along the route.

The operating speed of trains on the route is designed to be 160 km per hour. The railway is expected to be fully operational in December 2021.

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