Chiang Rai - R131 - The New Bypass To The West

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    #1 DavidFL, Jun 4, 2019
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    Chiang Rai seems to be the centre of action for new highways & bypass roads to increase it's capacity coping with all the traffic, including the trucks.

    There are two new ones to the East of Chiang Rai

    Chiang Saen - the new bypass to Chiang Rai

    and

    Chiang Rai - R1152 The Other New 4-lane Highway To Chiang Khong.


    To the west is a beautiful traffic light free Route 131.
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    If you're heading North to Mae Sai, use this new beauty.

    The bridge over the Kok River is complete
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    North of the bridge you can find your past a couple of barriers & continue on for a nice ride
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    To the North R131 links up with the airport road on R1.
    To the south R131 links up with R1, 700 metres south of the airport bypass, or 5.4 kms south of the R1020 junction.

    In a car, at the south end you can use R131 all the way from R1 to R1207 across the Kok. This is the road Huai Mae Sai. On a bike you can sneak past the barriers & continue on R131, but you should note that not all the drain covers are in place & you need to go slow & pick your line in a few places.

    In Google Earth it looks like this
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    #2 edh, Aug 13, 2019 at 8:56 AM
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    just testing by car for second time - coming from the south towards maesai - the new bypass is 19 km long and took me incl. stops at the 2 traffic-lights only 12 minutes! safes alots of time! good work in short time!
    bypasscei.
    the "old" direct road through the city is only 15 km long but you will wait at 7 traffic lights!
    here the video:
     
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    #3 DavidFL, Aug 13, 2019 at 4:04 PM
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    Thanks for the update. So it looks like it is all go now, with one set of lights before the bridge & one at the R1207 Huai Mae Sai Road.
     
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    yes right - everything is perfect! - for me the most attractive highway in our province! The scenery and surroundings are beautiful - almost no traffic - the official opening was on august 4, 2019!

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