BANGKOK 10 April 2014 —The Minister of Transport Chatchart Sithipan has presided over the opening ceremony of a new northern detour route , also known as Pae Kok detour, to help alleviate traffic jams during the Songkran festival in Saraburi.
Minister Chatchart presided over the opening ceremony of the new roadway in Saraburi province. Construction of the detour route was begun in 2009. However, due to problems regarding the contract, the project was delayed, and has only now been completed.
The Saraburi detour route is considered to be an important means of alleviating heavy traffic during extremely busy holiday periods. It allows travelers to avoid going through the traffic congested city of Saraburi.
Minister Chatchart also pointed out that there are currently two problems affecting travelers: convenience and safety. Therefore, the Minister of Transport plans to increase security in certain risk prone areas and ensure that public transport is readily available in areas where it is most needed.