New Chao Phraya bridge planned
- Published: 22/02/2013 at 08:08 PM
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A new bridge over the Chao Phraya River linking two districts of Samut Prakan will ease congestion and reduce logistics costs for transport businesses, says Deputy Transport Minister Prasert Chanruangthong.
Construction of the 49-billion-baht suspension bridge will begin in 2016 and finish three years later, he said on Friday.
The bridge will connect Phra Samut Chedi and Muang district of the province.
The Rural Roads Department, whnich is responsible for the bridge, will also build a new 57-kilometre road from the bridge to link Samut Prakan with Muang district of Samut Sakhon.
The one-kilometre-long bridge will be the first suspension bridge in Thailand as the existing structures are cable-stayed bridges.
"There are currently two bridges in the designated area which are Bhumibol Bridge and Kanchanaphisek Bridge. Traffic is rapidly getting worse. If this continues, there will be an increase of 20% more congestion," the deputy minister said.
Chatchai Thipsunaree, the director-general of the Rural Roads Department, estimated land and expropriation costs related to the project at 7.9 billion baht.
The preliminary design for the bridge has been completed. The next step would be the detailed design and environmental impact assessment, he added.