Bidding open for 'Death Highway'

The Ministry of Construction is welcoming bids from domestic and international companies to upgrade the Rangoon-Mandalay highway, reported the Global New Light of Myanmar on Tuesday. The winner of the build-operate-transfer contract will turn the existing 589-km (366-mile) expressway into an eight-lane highway equipped with CCTV, guard rails, concrete barriers and fencing. The move comes as Burmese traffic police announced that the so-called “Death Highway” saw 400 accidents causing 150 deaths and over 800 injuries in 2014.