R118 Road Works # 2 - Mae Suai.

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The next stage of the R118 dual carriageway development has started. This time from the northern end from Mae Suai - R1 junction.
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Currently they are just preparing & clearing the land either side of the old road.
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Along R118 here, there are multiple streams that run into the Mae Lao river, which the road crosses & new bridges will have to be built for these.
The project is a claimed 3-year process.

The 4-lane development at the southern end from Doi Saket - Mae Kachan took just on 5 years.
Let's hope the top end development does not take as long!

In time if you are going to Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai it maybe quicker to avoid this section & take R1 from Chiang Rai to Phayao, then R120 to me Kachan, because sure it wil get very dusy & congested with traffic banked up through the road works = a less than enjoyable ride!
 

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These road improvements are storming along & already for me it is a lot faster than the old road, despite the road works.
Why?

Well, they've cut out all the little hills that came down to the roadside, creating those endless blind corners where you could not over take safely.
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So now, you can actually see ahead clearly through all the corners and overtake a lot more, plus carry more speed.

A few drone images from a Northern News Website.

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