Yangon-Mandalay expressway to be upgraded to international-class facility

The Ministry of Construction has already planned to begin up-gradation of a length of 40 miles of Yangon-Mandalay expressway into the international-class facility, Deputy Minister Kyaw Lin of the Ministry of Construction told Lower House Parliament on February 14.

Lower House MP Sai Ngaung Hsaing Hein representing Maukme Constituency asked if there was a plan to upgrade Yangon-Mandalay expressway to the international-class facility for ensuring the reduction of car accidents. MP Sai Ngaung Hsaing Hein further asked if sophisticated security support items would be installed and special traffic rules would be drafted for the vehicles.

Deputy Minister Kyaw Lin replied, “The whole Yangon-Mandalay expressway will be upgraded to the international-class facility. At first, the ministry will begin up-gradation of a length of 40 miles of Yangon-Mandalay expressway with the assistance of ADB. The cabinet allowed the ministry to take loans from the ADB.

“We will send a message to Union Parliament soon and carry out up-gradation of the 40-mile-long of Yangon-Mandalay expressway for ensuring the emergence of the international-class facility. Tyre exposure on the concrete road is different from that on the tarred road. Heat production rate is also different. It can reduce possibility of car accidents.

“We have planned to upgrade about a length of 20 miles of the expressway year after year. 20 miles a year is not many. Yangon-Mandalay expressway is more than 700 miles long. We need to seek international assistance apart from the ADB.”

To meet the international norms, expressways must have fully access control, fastness, comfort and safety, Deputy Minister Kyaw Lin said.

The current Yangon-Mandalay expressway does not correspond with three rules of the international-class facility. It has not yet reached the international-level facility, Deputy Minister Kyaw Lin said.

Yangon-Mandalay expressway was commissioned into service during 2009. There is a total of 732 miles there and back.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

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