WB-Backed Highway in Guangxi to Start Construction
NANNING, July 1 -- Preparations for the World Bank
financed high-grade expressway from Hechi City, south China's
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, to Nanning, the regional capital,
have been completed and the construction will start late this
Eight Chinese companies, which were granted the rights to build
10 sections of the highway after winning an open bidding, have
signed contracts to begin civil engineering, said sources from the
regional bureau of communications.
The highway, with a full length of 236 km, will start in
Shuiren Village in Hechi City, traverses five cities and counties,
and ends in the suburbs of Nanning by connecting to the Guilin-
Beihai expressway there.
The Du'an-Nanning section of the highway, which will be 139.17
km long, will be built in accordance with expressway standards,
and the remaining part of the highway will be constructed
according to the second-grade highway requirements, said an
official from the regional bureau of communications.
The highway is an important part of the national highway from
southwest China's Chongqing Municipality to Zhanjiang, a port city
in south China's Guangdong Province. It is also one of the eight
thoroughfares the state has planned for construction to facilitate
the implementation of the country's campaign to open up vast
According to the official, the project will cost 4.3 billion
yuan (about 518 million U.S. dollars), of which, 200 million U.S.
dollars worth of investment will be covered by WB loans.
-- source: Xinhua News Agency
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