At 10:18 on March 23, a T-beam with a length of 32 meters and a weight of 134 tons was erected to the top of the Ganlan Dam bridge pier of the China-Laos railway, marking the first long bridge paving on the Chinese side of the China-Laos railway begins.
The paving work for the longest bridge on the Chinese side of the China-Laos railway began on Saturday in Jinghong City of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, with a total length of 3.5 kilometers and 108 bridge piers. The bridge began construction in September 2016. After the hard work of the builders and scientific and technological breakthroughs, the bridge entered the paving process and will last for three months, and set up 107 piers and 214 T-beams, it is expected to be completed by the end of June this year.
Although the T-beams that were erected were prefabricated near the bridge, more than 80,000 tons of materials such as steel, fly ash and gravel for beam production were shipped from Laos, Kunming and Guizhou, thousands of miles away. Ms. Wang Guanying, manager of the Railway Project of China Railway Twenty-two Bureau Group Co., Ltd. said, “Why buy raw materials from afar?There is only one purpose, pick the best materials, ensure the quality of the bridge, and build a boutique railway.”
The Bridge runs from east to west across the center of the Ganlan Dam. “This railway is mostly used in the form of tunnels and bridges, mainly to reduce land occupation, effectively protect the local ecological environment, and build a landscape that is beautiful with mountains and rivers and adds color to tourism.” Ms. Wang Guanying introduced.
It is reported that after the “One Belt, One Road” was proposed, the China-Laos Railway is the first international railway that is invested and constructed by the Chinese side, adopts Chinese technical standards, uses Chinese equipment and is directly connected with the Chinese railway network. The railway is more than 1,000 kilometers long. If it is completed and opened to traffic, from Kunming city of Yunnan to Jinghong City of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, takes only about 3 hours, and is expected to go to Vientiane, Laos.