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The missus did a trial run on Saturday. From Banchang to Foodland and back within 90 minutes. Impressive.

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Meanwhile in the opposite direction from Ban Chang towards Klaeng, there are roadworks galore on both Highway 36 and Highway 3 through Maptaput. Makes travelling to the immigration office from that part of the world (where I live) a right PITA at the present time.😡

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Decided to give it a trial today. Conclusion it is for Pattaya residents no benefit at all. Longer term the only benefit will be that it can keep traffic off the Sukumvit if people want to pay the toll. Today we entered the road at the bottom of the number 7 highway from Bangkok, its the only access onto it. Got the payment card and drove on a very empty road all the way until nearly UTapao and gave the card back, no charge. There are no exit roads at all, even the one leading down to the Ambassador Hotel at Ban Amphur is closed. Its a great road to bypass Pattaya but other than that its a waste of time for Pattaya people.

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3 hours ago, LennyW said:

Dont think it was ever intended to be any benefit for Pattaya people, it was always meant to be a major highway for the Eastern Economic Corridor servicing Utapao airport and Mapthaput industrial zone.

The exits will be open in September when it is officially operational.

Fair comment. The only exit I see once joining off of the main 7 highway was one at Ban Amphur, which was closed. No other exits along the way. I suppose I had hoped for exits/entrances along the way for local traffic. One other observation. Anyone heading out of Pattaya needs to ensure that you dont misread the signs and head onto the new road accidently. Its a long way you have to go to correct your mistake, no turn offs and no u turns for miles.

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I believe I counted two exits before the Utapao exit, one at Ambassador City and one more further down? I might be wrong.

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14 hours ago, jimn said:

Decided to give it a trial today. Conclusion it is for Pattaya residents no benefit at all. Longer term the only benefit will be that it can keep traffic off the Sukumvit if people want to pay the toll. Today we entered the road at the bottom of the number 7 highway from Bangkok, its the only access onto it. Got the payment card and drove on a very empty road all the way until nearly UTapao and gave the card back, no charge. There are no exit roads at all, even the one leading down to the Ambassador Hotel at Ban Amphur is closed. Its a great road to bypass Pattaya but other than that its a waste of time for Pattaya people.

For Pattaya golfers who want to play at Eastern Star it,s perfect isn,t it?

Is there an exit open at Eastern Star?

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1 minute ago, keithsimmonds said:

For Pattaya golfers who want to play at Eastern Star it,s perfect isn,t it?

Is there an exit open at Eastern Star?

As far as I am aware you would exit at the Utapao turn off. Problem for you would be where you get on the road in Pattaya. Options are just up the 7 road heading to Bangkok or at the Ambassador Hotel Na Jomtien which is the only turn on/off

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Need to be careful if leaving BanChang going past the Maha Satun restaurant road.

Lack of signs specifically 'no-entry' at the last junction on the right before Suk' road.

Seen a couple of panic U turns where people meet head on traffic on the road off the big junction.

 

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There will two exits, one to the Ambassador discussed above. The other connects to 331 near the Airplane Cafe (huge jet parked there). They are calling that the Silverlake exit or Khao Chi Chan (the mountain with a giant gold Buddha outline).

 

Right now when you exit at the utapao exit you can only go one way: towards the airport (maybe 10 minutes further). For now you have to make a u-turn to get headed towards Ban Chang and Rayong. Eventually I think you'll be able to exit that direction directly onto either (or both?) sukumvit or the bypass road to Mataput. 

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Pilotman, it is DEFINITELTY economically justified. The expressway goes into Mapthaput industrial estate, the largest in Thailand. Also, it almost goes to U-Tapao airport, which is slated to become the international airport for the much hyped eastern economic corridor. Also, there are plans afoot to build more expressways in the eastern region, including one from Chonburi to Trat, and Chonburi to Prachinburi and Nakorn Ratchasima, through the Khao Yai mountains. Further north, Bangkok to Sra Kaew as well.

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On 6/1/2020 at 11:20 AM, jimn said:

Fair comment. The only exit I see once joining off of the main 7 highway was one at Ban Amphur, which was closed. No other exits along the way. I suppose I had hoped for exits/entrances along the way for local traffic. One other observation. Anyone heading out of Pattaya needs to ensure that you dont misread the signs and head onto the new road accidently. Its a long way you have to go to correct your mistake, no turn offs and no u turns for miles.

There are at least three more exits - the spur line (around 5km long) from just south of Pattaya on Sukhumvit road and Khao Chi On, as well as Mapthaput. All three of these exits won't open until September 1.

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On 6/20/2020 at 1:38 PM, coastguard said:

There will two exits, one to the Ambassador discussed above. The other connects to 331 near the Airplane Cafe (huge jet parked there). They are calling that the Silverlake exit or Khao Chi Chan (the mountain with a giant gold Buddha outline).

 

Right now when you exit at the utapao exit you can only go one way: towards the airport (maybe 10 minutes further). For now you have to make a u-turn to get headed towards Ban Chang and Rayong. Eventually I think you'll be able to exit that direction directly onto either (or both?) sukumvit or the bypass road to Mataput. 

I don't think you need to make a u-turn to go to Rayong. Logically you get off the expressway and keep left, there is a slip road that joins up with Sukhumvit. Keeping right and using the underpass underneath Sukhumvit road takes you towards U-Tapao airport and Sattahip.

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On 6/1/2020 at 11:35 AM, Inderpland said:

I believe I counted two exits before the Utapao exit, one at Ambassador City and one more further down? I might be wrong.

you are right, there is one onto the 331 at Silver Lake 

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