Road linking Mae Sot with EWEC highway nearly finished
The construction of a new road to connect Mae Sot with part of the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) linking Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam is expected to be completed next month.
The Department of Rural Roads is accelerating construction of the 5.8-kilometre asphalt-concrete road that will connect with Highway 12 (Tak-Mae Sot), which will be joined to the second Thai-Myanmar friendship bridge over the Moei River, according to the DRR’s Tak office.
The new road will link the Tak-Mae Sot Road with a bypass of downtown Mae Sot. Construction is expected to be completed on Feb 10 this year.
The road, costing 36.2 million baht, will be of two-lanes with a hard shoulder of between half a metre and 2.5m on each side. Each lane will be 3.5m wide.
Mae Sot district serves as a gateway to the Asean Economic Community (AEC) and the western gateway to the Tak economic development zone.
The department has already completed construction of a reinforced concrete road, 3km long and 8m wide, along the Moei River in Ban Wang Takhian Tai.
This road will be connected with a road being built by the Department of Highways, which will also be connected with the second Thai-Myanmar friendship bridge as part of a plan to spur border trade and tourism.
The EWEC will link Myawaddy, Myanmar with Tak and Mukdahan, proceeding to Savannakhet, Laos and Vietnam, connecting millions of people along the route, and then on to China.
All new roads and highways contributing to the EWEC are due for completion next year.