BANGKOK, Thailand Apirl 26 (NNN-BERNAMA) Thailand’s Transport Ministry plans to call bids early next year for the construction of a 62-kilometre motorway to the Malaysian border in Songkhla province, the Bangkok Post reported.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said he planned to propose the project which would improve traffic flow to the lower south, to the cabinet late this year.
If approved, construction could begin next year, with completion around 2022 or 2023.
The motorway, estimated to cost about 57 billion baht (US$1.8 billion), will stretch from an intersection at the Phetkasem Highway in Bang Klam district to the border checkpoint in Sadao district.
It will connect to Hat Yai airport and southern industrial parks.
Arkhom said the motorway will boost the economy in the southern region, particularly the Sadao and Padang Besar border checkpoints in a special economic zone along the Thai-Malaysian border.
Both checkpoints have a commercial value of nearly 320 billion baht (US$10.11 billion) a year.
Source: NAM News Network