In a pivotal development, a meeting convened on November 15 at the Highway Office No. 10 in Nakhon Ratchasima under the guidance of Mr. Pakorn Sripanwong, Director of Highway 10, No. 1. The agenda centered on preparations for the forthcoming opening of the Bang Pa-in-Nakhon Ratchasima motorway (M6), a project vital for enhancing intercity connectivity. Executives from Highway 10, representatives of pertinent agencies, and stakeholders from Mueang District, Kham Thale So District, Sung Noen District, Sikhio District, and Pak Chong District gathered to discuss key aspects of the initiative.
The meeting, chaired by Mr. Pakorn Sripanwong, primarily focused on the proposed model for the 24-hour operation of the motorway. The objective is to ensure seamless and safe travel, emphasizing public service points and overall facilitation for road users. The significance of this project extends beyond local considerations, as it aims to cater to the increased traffic expected, especially during festivals and extended holidays when vehicle usage typically surges.
During the session, Mr. Chittaphon Lao-an, representing Nakhon Ratchasima Highway District 2, provided a comprehensive overview of the motor routes. These routes, spanning 77.493 kilometers in both directions, are strategically designed to support traffic and enhance safety for travelers heading to the Northeast. Notably, the expected surge in daily vehicle usage, projected to exceed 40%, underscores the importance of opening both directions of the motorway.
Scheduled to commence service at the end of December 2023, the motorway will undergo a trial run until the completion of all 40 sections. Entry and exit points have been strategically designated along the route, beginning at Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap Road), Sikhio-Chaiyaphum Road, Nakhon Ratchasima Ring Road, the intersection of Highway 2068, and the connection point of Highway 204. The motorway, catering exclusively to 4-wheel vehicles, operates 24/7, boasting an absence of traffic lights or intersections. Moreover, the route features screening points, temporary restrooms, and public service points, with provisions for emergency rescue kits.
The M6 Bang Pa-in – Nakhon Ratchasima line, spanning 196 kilometers with a budget of 84,600 million baht, is divided into 40 sections. As of now, 28 sections have been completed, with the remaining 12 under construction, achieving an impressive progress rate of 95%. The civil works are slated for completion in June 2025, positioning the motorway as a crucial strategic route contributing to the region’s transportation and logistics network. Beyond its infrastructural impact, the motorway is anticipated to significantly enhance trade opportunities in the northeastern region, providing a fast, safe, and convenient means of travel and thereby elevating the overall quality of life for the local populace.