The long-awaited Motorway 7’s Map Ta Phut extension that started its construction last 2016 will finally open to the public on the 22nd of this month.
While officials test the systems and monitor the traffic, Highway Department Director Sarawuth Songwila said the expressway will not collect fares at Pattaya, Pong, and U-Tapao toll gates from 22nd May through 24th August 2020.
The 14.2 billion baht construction project has a 31.159 km motorway extension with three lanes in each direction, a Service Area (Pattaya – Map Ta Phut), and three additional toll plaza located at Huay Yai, Khao Chi On, and Map Ta Phut. The extension runs from Pattaya and ends at Map Ta Phut Sub-district in Rayong.
The only tasks remaining are completion and testing of the tollgates and traffic control systems, communication networks, and security systems which are all expected to be done by July 2020.
Private vehicles can run at a maximum speed of 120 km/hour which is applied to all motorways by the Department of Highways.
The 32 km motorway extension will take about 20 minutes of travel. Traveling from Bangkok to U-Tapao Airport will take an hour and 50 minutes.
Toll fees after 24th August 2020 between Bangkok and U-Tapao Airport will be 10 – 130 baht for cars, 15 – 210 baht for six-wheeled trucks, and 20 – 305 baht for larger trucks.