The expressway authority is seeking a royally-sponsored name for a new landmark bridge under construction, to honour His Majesty the King.
Work on the country’s widest bridge over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok is expected to be completed next year after 39 months of building, the Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat) said.
The eight-lane bridge is being built parallel to the Rama IX Bridge. The Transport Ministry wants the new bridge to honour His Majesty the King.
It is a two-kilometre-long cable-stayed structure, part of the Rama III-Dao Khanong-Western Ring Road expressway project. It was designed to withstand a maximum wind speed of 270 kilometres per hour, equivalent to a tornado.
The bridge is costing an estimated 6.6 billion baht. Its completion will relieve traffic congestion on the adjacent cable-stayed Rama IX Bridge, which is 35 years old and needs repairs.
At 450 metres in width, it will be the widest river bridge in the country, according to Exat.