R118 Road Works

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  1. DavidFL

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    Just a few pics to highlight the ongoing road works on R118 between Doi Saket & Mae Kachan.

    The work that is going on is impressive as is the amount of machinery & staff out there.

    In late February there is about 2 kms of annoying dirt
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    it's best if you don't get caught up behind the water truck on some snot
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    Replacing the old bridges
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    The traffic 2 days ago
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    eventually this will be a motorway, so get out there & enjoy the good ol biking roads while you can.

    In the wet season you may want to avoid 118 & use either 1001 & 1150 or R107 & R109 to travel to / from Chiang Rai,
     
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    18 August 2018
    The heavy rain of the last couple of days has finally taken its toll of the ongoing road works - the road is cut.

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    it maybe a day or two before they sort the mess out.
    If you are on a road bike use
    R1001 & R1150 Chiang Mai - Phrao - Wiang Pa Pao
    or
    R107 Chiang Mai - Fang R1089 Fang - Mae Chan
    or
    R107 Chiang Mai - Fang R109 Fang - Mae Suai
    if you are going to / from Chiang Rai.
     
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    Update 20 August.
    The road was reopened today .
    However I suspect it may not be much fun if you're on a road bike and it's wet out there.
    You all take care now.
     
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    14th March 2019

    En route to Chiang Mai from Chiang Khong I ventured down the 118 for a laugh on the black plonker DTracker 250...
    It's not much chop on a DTracker bouncing along down that road, but I was greatly added but some Comfi Cheeks seat pads fitted to the seat before I left.
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    I didn''t quite get them set up in the perfect position for the crown jewells on the way down, but guaranteed it will be better next ride. I know where it hurts most!
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    Now onto the crusty dusty it. The road works run for 11 kms, right to the ridge line now, starting / finishing at the R1152 turn off.

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    I understand the construction company is being fined for slow work & you have to agree, their performance is abysmal and not one bridge is yet complete. Just more excavation and digging up of the road!
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    Fortunately I had a good run down & only encountered the water truck going up, in the opposite direction.

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    The traffic still builds up & it is "slow going" if you don;t get a decent run at t.

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    There are actually two very short sections of asphalt, but sadly only a couple of hundred metres each.
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    The road works are still ongoing.
    I recently did it at dusk / in the dark.

    Heading south from Chiang Rai, the first road works start just after the Mae Kachan hot springs, then are intermittent for a few kms, before it is all under reconstruction.
    The total distance would be about 45 kms.
    I didn't find any of the road works difficult or tricky actually, and there is actualy some nice new asphalt in there, but the issue is he bank up traffic that slows to a crawl in places & is single lane in some parts through the road works.
    I recall when you could get from Cnx to the hot springs in 45 minutes, but now it probably takes an hour to get to from Doi Saket - Mae Kachan. Grrh.
     
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    Yes I rode that way to Check it out after Our Pua Dinner. What a mess. Such a long distance under construction but nothing actually being Completed? Extremely Bad Management. Should finish one section at a time. But same all over Thailand at the moment, Look at Chiang Mai? Road works everywhere but never completely finish a piece before they start another bit? Frustrating and annoying for everyone! Can never keep a Vehicle Clean as all the Road works are Filthy, Dirty Buggers!
     
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    One thing I learned in my years of placer mining .. give the water a place to go, or it will go where you do not want it. Mined 65 meters below the level of the river and had no issues.
     
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    #8 DavidFL, Jan 16, 2020
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    Update 10th January 2020

    The original uphill section on the Chiang MAi side of the mountain crossing that was dug up & took a couple of years to complete is now finished.

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    Yeehar you might say, but they have dug up a lot more now. Starting from just after Terminal 118 coffee, heading north.

    The good news though is the contractor seems quite sensible (so far) & has left the old lane in tact in many places, whilst building the new lanes alongside the original road.

    However it is still less than enjoyable for about 40 kms, due to the build up of traffic.

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    Then at the provincial ridgeline, they have now dug up the road heading north towards the hot springs.
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    If you get caught behind the water truck it wont be any fun going down that long hill!

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    Enjoy the thrill for a bit longer yet.
     
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    I noticed a lot of completed sections of the road on my ride through the 118 last month.
    Also a new hot spring area, which seems to have only just opened.
    This is my video of the section (December 2019)
     
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    It will be good when it’s finished as its not fun especially when your following the water lorry with a pick up trying to check your tyre tread
     
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    How it looks on the new 2020 GTR GT map
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    But when it is finished it won't be "Under Construction", So do You have to make a New Map then? Ha Ha!
     
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    GTR is expecting an update about the time the road works are finished.
     
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    So around 2025 - 555
     
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