R118 Road Works

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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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