Work begins on new Ayutthaya-Ratchasima motorway
ฺBangkok Post, 3 Aug 2016 at 12:12
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday inaugurated the construction of a new 196-kilometre inter-city tollway being built at a cost of 84.6 billion baht from Ayutthaya province via Saraburi to Nakhon Ratchasima. The launching ceremony for Highway No.6 was held at the 99 kilometre marker of the Phahon Yothin Highway in Nong Khae district, Saraburi. It is scheduled for completion in four years.
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Looks like access to the new carriageways will be partly achieved via an extra pair of loops at the Srinagarinda cloverleaf, making six loops in total.There are plans to add elevated structures to Motorway 7 east of Bangkok. The elevated highway features 3 lanes in each direction, consisting of two 16 kilometer long viaducts.
The viaducts will be constructed between the existing main carriageways and frontage roads, increasing motorway capacity from 8 to 14 lanes, and overall capacity - including frontage roads - to up to 20 lanes.
Free use of new expressway next week
Bangkok Post 11/08/2016 at 06:34 PM
The new tollway links to the existing expressway north of the Mor Chit 2 bus terminal. But the link between the two lines will not be opened during the trial test run and drivers who want to use the new elevated road have to go through the Khampheng Phet 2 toll gate free of charge.
Photographs by Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) :Bangkok, August 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m - Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, accompanied by Minister of Transport, EXAT Governor and BEM Chairman, officially open the 16.7-kilometer expressway linking the existing Si Rat Expressway in Bangsue to Outer Ring Road (Kanchanaphisek Road) in western Bangkok. The newly constructed expressway helps easing traffic congestions between the two sides of Chao Praya river, shortens the commuting time to around 13 - 20 minutes. Total cost of the project is around THB 32.82 billion.
[U]Route[/U] [U]Total[/U] [U]Awarded[/U] [U]Signed[/U] [U]Unsigned[/U] [U]Remaining[/U]* M6 40 25 21 4 15 contracts M81 25 9 7 2 16 contracts
[U]Route[/U] [U]Route Section[/U] [U]Length[/U] [U]Budget framework[/U] [U]Status[/U] M6 Bang Pa-in - Nakhon Ratchasima 196 km. THB 84.60 b. U/C M7 Pattaya - Map Ta Phut (extension) 32 km. THB 20.20 b. U/C M81 Bang Yai - Kanchanaburi 96 km. THB 55.62 b. C/S [I]C/S = Contracts signed, construction likely to start soon[/I]
[U]Route[/U] [U]Route Section[/U] [U]Length[/U] [U]Budget framework[/U] [U]Status[/U] M5 Bang Pa-in - Nakhon Sawan 180 km. THB 2 - 3 b. P/D M8 Nakhon Pathom - Cha Am 109 km. THB 80.60 b. P/D M8 Hat Yai - Sadao (Malaysia border) 62 km. THB 35.00 b. P/D [I]P/D = Included in the government's public - private partnership plan, currently under planning and design process. Construction of M8 is expected to begin in 2017.[/I] Source : [URL="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Govt-likely-to-open-bidding-for-Nakhon-Pathom-Cha--30290511.html"]The Nation[/URL] | [URL="http://www.prachachat.net/news_detail.php?newsid=1474879098"]Prachachat[/URL] (in Thai)