Southern Thailand –
The Thai cabinet has approved 6.6 billion baht for two bridge projects which are a bridge to cross the Songkhla Lake in Songkhla to the Phatthalung province and a bridge to connect Lanta Island in Krabi.
The Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob revealed today (October 18th) that the cabinet has approved the two bridge projects which are
- The bridge to cross Songkhla Lake in Koh Yai sub-district, Krasaesin district in Songkhla to Jong Tanon sub-district, Khao Chaison district in Phatthalung at 4.8 billion baht.
2. The bridge to connect Lanta Island in Koh Khlang sub-district and Lanta Noi sub-district, Koh Lanta District in Krabi at 1.8 billion baht.
The bridge to cross Songkhla Lake will have two lanes which can be extended into four lanes. It will be a Box Segmental Bridge. The total bridge distance will be seven kilometers. The bridge will connect two provinces, Songkhla and Phatthalung which could shorten down 80 kilometers or two hours travelling.
Meanwhile the bridge to connect Lanta Island will be a Balanced Cantilever Bridge. The bridge will be 2,240 meters long. The bridge will shorten time from two hours down to two minutes.
Both projects will take three years for construction (2023 – 2025). The construction is expected to be started in September next year. Both projects will be important landmarks in the future which will boost tourism and transportation.