DoH to seek B9bn to fund Pathum Thani road project

DoH to seek B9bn to fund Pathum Thani road project

The Department of Highways (DoH) is preparing to seek almost 9 billion baht to fund a 10-kilometre road project in Pathum Thani.

Sarawut Songsivilai, chief of the department, said the DoH will proceed with the project's budget planning, which is expected to be covered by the 2023 fiscal year.

Of the total cost, 4.4 billion baht will be earmarked for land expropriation and the rest for construction, Mr Sarawut said.

He said the department is waiting for the issuance of a decree on land expropriation to proceed. The cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft decree for the land expropriation initiative, Mr Sarawut said.

A total of 461 plots of land and 267 structures will be expropriated to pave the way for construction, said Mr Sarawut.

He said the road, which will pass through seven tambons in three districts of Pathum Thani -- Muang, Sam Khok and Klong Luang -- is expected to take about three years to complete.

The road will start at the western ring road at Bang Toey before crossing the Chao Phraya River and ending on Highway 347, where it will be linked to Highway 3214 near Thammasat University's Rangsit campus.

When completed, motorists can travel between the eastern and western parts of Pathum Thani without having to use the Rangsit-Pathum Thani and Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok routes.

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