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Roger

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Road works
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:05:23 PM »

Just questions please :-

. . . . on the 304 extensive roadworks up and down from the Zoo junction - any idea what they are doing ? A friend suggested a tramway is going to Pak Thong Chai - is that right ? (Also noticed that the bike track from Korat goes further past the Zoo in the Pak Thong Chai direction now).

. . . . going down the far side of the mountain after Wang nam Kiaew, massive tunnel sections are being cast in concrete but standing on the mountainside. Any idea why ?
Fauna ? Bats ?  ???

Thanks.
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Re: Road works
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 08:29:54 PM »

Just a theroy,

May be the transport & Road departments have seen the light and decided that the main hwy to Bangkok hwy 2 needs relief from the congestion and they have decided to "Upgrade" the 304, by widening in places and straightening the dangerous section down the mountains with tunnels.

Just my speculation LOL.
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Re: Road works
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2017, 09:26:02 PM »

. . . on the 304 extensive roadworks up and down from the Zoo junction - any idea what they are doing ?

I believe they are widening the road to 4 lanes each way. It's a big project. From Kabin-buri to Pak Tong Chai.

. . . . going down the far side of the mountain after Wang nam Kiaew, massive tunnel sections are being cast in concrete but standing on the mountainside. Any idea why ?
Fauna ? Bats ?  ???

Hard to know without knowing how big they are. A photo would help. (Always keep your battery charged!!) :)
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Re: Road works
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 09:35:29 PM »

Kiwi C - it's not a tunnel inside the ground - 'tis 2 lane highway size - it sits on the mountainside ?? Mystifying - fauna - bats - or ?
You are right - that stretch of road is lethal - myself overtaking up the 'other' hard shoulder on Fri Last. But it won't relieve BKK traffic but it will help Chonburi and Rayong traffic etc.

Alfie - thanks. Wasn't sure about the tramway. But it's a tough concrete 2 lanes they are 'inserting'. The Thai's sure can build roads !

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Re: Road works
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 09:43:30 PM »

There's a website in Thai dedicated to the project.

http://highway304construction.com






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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 09:50:15 PM »

Project Description the Construction of the Wildlife Corridor and Widening of the National Highway No. 304

Objectives of the Project
TheHighway Route No. 304 from km. 191+860.000 to km. 195+310.000 (existing km. 26 to km. 29) and approx. km. 207+760 to km.223+269. (existing km. 42 to km. 57) which are in Prachinburi and Nakhon Ratchasima is two lane two-direction traffic highway and have caused bottlenecks while the other portion of this route had ben expanded to have four lanes-two direction traffic, and there are large numbers of accidents in each year. This route has to support the increasing traffic volume and be the route that pass through Donphayayen–Khaoyai forest areas in Khaoyai NationalPark and Tublan National Park. These areas have been performing as the wildlife corridors for developing ecology system of the forest.

Department of Highways has realized the importance of highway development based on nature conservation. In 2558 to 2561 B.E. fiscal year, Department of Highways started both the expansion of the Highway Route No. 304 and construction of the wildlife corridor project together (approx.km.191+860.000 to 195.465.000 and approx. km.207+760 to km.223+269) for expand two-way traffic to four-way traffic totally approx. 19 km. long to reduce the numbers of accidents, support the increasing traffic and become the Khaoyai and Tublan National Park corridors. The project can help protecting valuable bio-diversity of Dong Pha Ya Yen and Khaoyai Forest, the World Heritage Site.

The Project has been divided into 3 Construction Contracts as follows.

1. A. Kabinburi to A. Paktongchai (Wildlife Corridor) Project
2. A. Kabinburi to A. Wangnomkhiao (Section 3 Part 1) Project
3. A. Kabinburi to A. Wangnomkhiao (Section 3 Part 2) Project

The details of each contract are shown in the table

Prime Objectives;
1. To decrease possibility of accidents and facilitate travelling.
2. To support increasing traffic in the future.
3. To support Local Economy, Social and Tourism development.
4. To connect Dong Pha Ya Yen – Khaoyai forest to be National park
and the World Heritage Site.

Expected Results;
1. Initiating stability of traffic and transportability.
2. Initiating safeand comfortable transportation and decrease life and asset losses.
3. To protect and maintain the path of wildlife including conservative bio-diversity in ecology system and sustainable development together.
4. Develop theknowledge of wildlife corridor for apply to other roadway construction that will pass through preserve areas.


More details: http://highway304construction.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/แผ่นพับประชาสัมพันธ์-October-2017.pdf
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Re: Road works
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 09:57:56 PM »

Thanks Alfie. Went through all 69 ? pages of pics but no tunnels ?
And - no pics of a bit of elevated road that disappears to nowhere atm

I'm guessing it's 'World Heritage' and protection of mountainside fauna ?

Mmmmmm.
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Re: Road works
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 02:35:49 PM »

Just questions please :-

. . . . on the 304 extensive roadworks up and down from the Zoo junction - any idea what they are doing ? A friend suggested a tramway is going to Pak Thong Chai - is that right ? (Also noticed that the bike track from Korat goes further past the Zoo in the Pak Thong Chai direction now).

. . . . going down the far side of the mountain after Wang nam Kiaew, massive tunnel sections are being cast in concrete but standing on the mountainside. Any idea why ?
Fauna ? Bats ?  ???

Thanks.
Those 'above ground tunnels' defy any logic ,it taken nearly two years to erect those 4 sections......must be costing a fortune too
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 03:21:02 PM »

Nookie yes - that 'tunnel' must have cost a massive fortune already.
I'm guessing it is either to preserve fauna or to make a 'wildlife corridor' - such concerns are mentioned in the report Alfie posted.
A Pal knows someone who might know and will be asking the question tonight at Pittini  8)
Interesting . .
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2017, 02:40:31 PM »

After hearing from a 'Brains Trust' on the subject last night - this would be my conclusion . .

A kilometre of two concrete double lane road tunnels that will be covered over with soil so that the environment can return to normal or jungle in years to come. This will create a wildlife corridor above which will join again the Khao Yai and Tublan national parks. I guess the fauna will benefit too.

Maybe I could think of better things to spend the money on, but no-one asked me !  ATB
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Re: Road works
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2017, 05:29:11 PM »

A news report uploaded today about ongoing works on Road 304:


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjHHlHXqgTY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjHHlHXqgTY</a>
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2018, 02:19:15 PM »

Some more on this..

Wildlife corridor will boost ecology and economy, says Transport Minister

PRACHINBURI, 4th February 2018 (NNT) - The secure wildlife crossing on Highway 304 Kabinburi-Paktongchai will definitely boost the ecology of the Dong Phrayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex World Heritage Site and also benefit commuters travelling between eastern and northeastern regions, Transport Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said yesterday during an inspection of the construction site before a mobile cabinet meeting in eastern provinces.

The Transport Minister said the upcoming mobile cabinet meeting focuses on eight provinces of the eastern region especially the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) area. The EEC is the Highlight Special Economic Zone of Thailand established to attract more investment. Therefore major infrastructure such as the new airport, high-speed train, and the new phase of the deep sea port are needed. Not only the EEC, but the special economic zone in the border area has been developed.

Moreover, an In-land economic zone has to be improved as well. For example, today's inspection of highway construction in a part of the forrest corridor between Khao Yai National Park and Tublan National Park. Arkhom said the crossing will surely help wild animals move between the two national parks better, which will result in reduced inbreeding and increased biodiversity across the forest complex, as now the forest complex is devided by the busy highway.

The project, which includes road-widening and the construction of bridges and tunnels, will both conserve the environment and bring convenience to the people who travel along this highway between the Eastern and Northeastern regions. The tunnels are expected to be completed this year and the whole project will be fully complete early next year, said Arkhom

http://thainews.prd.go.th/website_en/news/news_detail/WNECO6102040010011
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Re: Road works
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2018, 02:20:13 PM »

Also see this thread:

Route 304 to be expanded to four lanes
http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=7431.0
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2018, 04:48:33 PM »

Thanks Alfie. I''m coming through on next Sunday morning and it'll be interesting to see the progress. ATB
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« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2018, 03:38:07 PM »

Unfinished tunnel opens to ease traffic snarls

The Department of Highways will temporarily open an under-construction tunnel linking Thap Lan National Park and Khao Yai National Park beginning Tuesday to accommodate a mass of motorists before and during the Songkran festival.

According to the department, the tunnel will be temporarily made available from Tuesday to ease traffic congestion along Prachin Buri-Nakhon Ratchasima (304) Highway, the main artery ursday. Currently, only two of four lanes are available on the highway's 192 to 195-kilometre markers where the construction of the tunnel and overpasses is underway.

Atichart Boonyoung, chief of the Prachin Buri Highway District, said the tunnel is scheduled for completion late this year and nearly 80% of the construction work is finished.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1443067/unfinished-tunnel-opens-to-ease-traffic-snarls
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