35km of new Korat motorway to be open for Songkran

35km of new Korat motorway to be open for Songkran

A section of the Bang Pa-in-Nakhon Ratchasima highway along scenic Lam Takong reservoir in the northeaster province. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)
A section of the Bang Pa-in-Nakhon Ratchasima highway along scenic Lam Takong reservoir in the northeaster province. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A 35-kilometre section of the new motorway between Bang Pa-in and Nakhon Ratchasima will be opened for trial use from April 9-19 to ease expected traffic congestion during the Songkran festival.

Area 2 Highway Office director Chitpol Lao-an said on Monday the highway, which is still under construction, would be opened for one-way traffic between kilometre marker 65 in front of the Nakhonchai Buri stray dogs centre at Nong Phai Lom in tambon Nong Sarai of Pak Chong district and the tollgate in Si Khiu district, a total of 35km. The speed limit would  be  80kph.

On April 9-13, it would be open for vehicles heading out from Bangkok. After exiting in Si Khiu district, motorists could turn to Highway 201 to Chaiyaphum province or head for the lower Northeast using Highway 24 to Buri Ram.

From  April 14-19 it would be open for Bangkok-bound vehicles. Motorists could go up on the motorway in Si Khiu district and exit at the Nakhonchai Buri stray dogs centre at Nong Phai Lom in Pak Chong district.

Mr Chitpol said about 200,000 vehicles use the Friendship Highway through Nakhon Ratchasima every day, on average, during the traditional Songkran festival.

Opening the 35km section of the new motorway would accommodate about 40,000 vehicles per day, relieving the traffic problem during the festival, Mr Chitpol said.

The 196km motorway starts at the Bang Pa-in interchange, where Bangkok’s eastern ring road adjoins Phahon Yothin Road in Ayutthaya.

It runs parallel with the Phahon Yothin and Mitraphap highways and ends at the Nakhon Ratchasima bypass in Muang district.

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