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Thailand moves forward with a 234 billion baht investment in roads

The DRR built this 72-kilometer transit system. The final undertaking of the initial phase will be a 25 billion baht bridge linking the Koh Samui and Khanom towns in Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat. The third project will involve building an elevated road that will stretch over 18 kilometers from Srinakarin Road to Suvarnabhumi Airport, with a completion cost of 43.1 billion baht. Exat will be in charge of overseeing the 17-kilometer bridge’s construction as well as securing funds through public-private partnerships. A 96.6 billion baht network of roads and river flyovers that will connect Samut Sakhon and Samut Prakan will also be under Exat’s management. The project was researched and developed by the DH. According to Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, cooperation between the four departments would enable the projects to go more quickly and successfully. The DH-initiated project will be taken on by Exat and integrated into the Udon Ratthaya-Pathum Thani highway network. The first project to be managed using the new system will be the construction of a $30.4 billion, 30-kilometer road between Muang Mai, Thailand, and Kathu, Phuket. Roadway No. 305 (Pathum Thani-Rangsit-Ongkharak), the second in the series, will cost 38.5 billion baht to build. A 20-kilometer elevated highway is new. Saksayam asserts that the Thailand Future Fund will help raise funds for these initiatives. The Department of Highways (DH), Department of Rural Roads (DRR), and Expressway Authority of Thailand have signed a contract to manage the first of five project plans out of 19 for upcoming road construction (Exat). A new route to Kathu and Patong will be constructed when Exat took over the project. The new road between Koh Kaeo and Muang Mai was designed and constructed by the DH. To make life simpler for Thailand’s automobile owners, the Ministry of Transport acted quickly yesterday and decided to invest in five road construction projects totaling more than 234 billion baht. He noted that by renting out commercial premises, the organization will attract outside funding.

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