Highways Department, Thailand may extend two elevated roads to counter floods
First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
The Highways Department (HD) in Thailand is considering an extension on two elevated roads from Bangkok to maintain its traffic links with the South, North and Northeast should the capital be hit with floods.
The HD would extend Boromratchonnanee Elevated Road from Phutthamonthon Sai 2 Road to Phetkasem Road to make sure that traffic to the South does not face any disruption caused by floods in the future. The possible move was disclosed by the HD director-general, Chatchawal Buncharoenkit.
According to the HD’s chief enegineer for design and location, Khasame Srivaranun, the Boromratchonnanee Elevated Road could undergo an extension, stretching 21km to Phetkasem Road, and link to the proposed inter-city motorway from Nakhon Pathom through Samut Songkhram to Phetchaburi's Cha-am district. The Don Muang Tollway could also be extended to Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-in from the Rangsit area for better traffic flow to the North and Northeast. The Don Muang Tollway may also be extended by another 18 km to reach Bang Pa-in interchange.
The government is expected to contribute financing for the projects from its borrowing plan worth US $ 71.80 billion (THB 2.20tn).
Meanwhile, the gaping holes on a lot of roads in Bangkok are also being repaired by the HD. A consultant is being sought to design the project during 2013.