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Pattaya-Map Ta Phut tollway opens for free trial period

By The Nation

 

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The 25-kilometre extension to intercity Highway Number 7 (Bangkok-Ban Chang) opened for trial service today (May 22). The route links U-Tapao Airport and Map Ta Phut Industrial estate and will be toll-free until September.

 

The four-lane highway carries a speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour.

 

The stretch between Pattaya and Map Ta Phut is set to be the main route used in developing the industrial zones of the eastern seaboard.

 

At least 36,000 vehicles are expected to use the extension each day.

 

The route will be fully open in September 2020, when new toll rates will be collected throughout the route from Bangkok to the U-Tapao tollbooth. Cars will be charged Bt25-Bt130, six-wheelers Bt45-Bt210 and bigger vehicles Bt60-Bt305.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388334

 

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14 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Cars will be charged Bt25-Bt130, six-wheelers Bt45-Bt210 and bigger vehicles Bt60-Bt305.

Why is there a lower and higher price? Very few Farangs drive six wheelers or larger..........LOL

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But what about the branch to Ocean Marina? No sign of that opening, as of yesterday evening.

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1 hour ago, Geoffggi said:

Why is there a lower and higher price? Very few Farangs drive six wheelers or larger..........LOL

Different prices reflect different motorway entry points.

 

Bt.130 would be for those that get on the motorway at BKK.

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32 minutes ago, Grusa said:

But what about the branch to Ocean Marina? No sign of that opening, as of yesterday evening.

The junction to join this new bit off the 7 just past the first toll booths at Pattaya was still closed at 9.30am yesterday and coming back at around 3.30pm so I am not sure if it really opened unless it was for a short period in-between? 

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Just see that I had posted in an older thread.

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Just seen a dash-cam video of a drive down south yesterday (it has a Thai language comment).

Of course its complete. All (or most) concrete surface, the whole stretch with floodlight poles!

Light-years from what I see daily.

If they do not enforce strict speed checks this will be a mad racetrack for the coming months.

The only unfinished part(?) seem to be the exits?

On the video they are all blocked with pylons/barriers.

May be this changes on short note.

 

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Posted (edited)

Not sure which of the (closed) exits this is:

 

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29 minutes ago, topt said:

The junction to join this new bit off the 7 just past the first toll booths at Pattaya was still closed at 9.30am yesterday and coming back at around 3.30pm so I am not sure if it really opened unless it was for a short period in-between? 

I came past at 4.00pm and they were removing the barriers.

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1 hour ago, Don Mega said:

I came past at 4.00pm and they were removing the barriers.

That was the official opening time as the reports say.

 

And indeed, the exits can not be used (closed).

So you can only go straight to Sukhumvit somewhat near to U-Tapao.

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Travelling north from Pattaya in the direction of BKK, approx 1.5 km from the Pattaya toll plaza drivers will see the ON Ramp to join the new Pattaya-Map Phut tollway. This ON ramp is on the wrong side of the NORTH bound carriageway. Drivers wanting to join this ON ramp from the slow left lane of the carriageway will have to cross the outer fast lane to gain access to the ramp. The ramp should have been constructed on the left hand side. This will become an accident black spot. Be very careful when joining the ON ramp.

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3 hours ago, Grusa said:

But what about the branch to Ocean Marina? No sign of that opening, as of yesterday evening.

The junction at the Ocean Marina  is an accident waiting to happen most countries would have built a flyover.

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27 minutes ago, foggy farang said:

Travelling north from Pattaya in the direction of BKK, approx 1.5 km from the Pattaya toll plaza drivers will see the ON Ramp to join the new Pattaya-Map Phut tollway. This ON ramp is on the wrong side of the NORTH bound carriageway. Drivers wanting to join this ON ramp from the slow left lane of the carriageway will have to cross the outer fast lane to gain access to the ramp. The ramp should have been constructed on the left hand side. This will become an accident black spot. Be very careful when joining the ON ramp.

Yes, it will be a case of drivers positioning themselves, it wouldn't really matter which side of the road the on ramp is located at, if it had been on the left side then there would be folks having to cut across from the right in to slow traffic.

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3 hours ago, Grusa said:

But what about the branch to Ocean Marina? No sign of that opening, as of yesterday evening.

Still closed at 11.45 this morning  (Sat 23 May 2020)P_20200523_114835.thumb.jpg.c905121d7e7ea7810c29ba914c216742.jpg

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I drove the link from Ban Chang to Pattaya today about 1045. The exits to 331/Silverlake area and to Huay Yai/ Jomtein are and both not ready yet and will remain closed til September. There is a lot of radway finish work to do yet and many workers in different areas all along the roadway,,,,,,,,,clearly this a a very soft open for the highway but the main road to and from Ban Chang is now open for use and it will definitely cut your drive time to Swampy and BKK.

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So what's the most convenient way getting on that road when coming from Pattaya north/center/south and going to u-tapao or towards koh samed? Driving to 7 and taking the junction, or driving suk south and taking a connecting road (if/when opened)?

 

It does seem useful to avoid the mayhem on sukhumvit at Sattahip and Rayong.

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