Department of Highways finalizes 20-year freeway development proposal

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BANGKOK – The Department of Highways has announced that it will finish its freeway development proposal next month.

Department Deputy Director-General Anon Luangboriboon presided over a seminar to gather input on the proposal. The project would develop a total of 21 major freeways over 20 years, from 2017-2036. They would have a combined length of 6,612 km, connecting all regions in the Kingdom.

The proposal will be finalized in December, after which the department will seek Cabinet approval.

Mr. Anon admitted that road infrastructure developments have been met with delays in the past. He blamed these delays on budget restrictions and difficulties related to land expropriation.

Director-General Anon Luangboriboon

However, he claims this project will be carried out swiftly, due to government efforts to streamline bureaucracy.

The project would begin with three highways, from Bang Pa-in, Ayutthaya to Nakhon Ratchasima; Bang Yai, Nonthaburi to Kanchanaburi; and Patthaya, Chonburi to Map Ta Phut, Rayong.