Vientiane outlines plan to fight traffic
- Published: 9/01/2013 at 02:23 PM
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Officials in Vientiane are considering new measures to ease traffic congestion during rush hours as more vehicles take to the streets of the formerly sleepy Laos capital.
Traffic travels past the Victory Monument in Vientiane, Laos, in this file photo from 2011. Brent Lewin/Bloomberg.
Short-term plans include a ban on parking cars on main roads, with no heavy trucks allowed downtown during the morning and evening rush hours, Vientiane Vice Mayor Keophilavanh Amphaylath told the Vientiane Times.
The city will deploy more police to direct better traffic flow, he added.
Vientiane has a population of 850,000, with 556,000 vehicles registered in the city, according to authorities. Well-known Lane Xang Avenue, Setthathirath and Samsenthai are among the most congested roads in the city.
The traffic problem has become so serious that Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad recently called a meeting of city officials and cabinet members to discuss tackling it.
Deputy Public Works and Transport Minister Lattanamany Khounivong said traffic congestion was due to the rising number of vehicles on the streets and inadequate roads to cope with the surge.
More roads should be built to accommodate more cars and other vehicles in Vientiane, he added.