Chonburi, Rayong highway expanded to make way for surge traffic in EEC areas
The extension of Highway No 344 from Chonburi to Rayong is now complete and should start contributing to logistics in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) areas, the Department of Highways announced on Monday.
The extension covers 12.3 kilometres from Chonburi’s Ban Bung district until it merges with Highway No 331 in Rayong. The traffic lanes of Highway No 344 have also been expanded from four to six in both directions under a budget of 1.19 billion baht (including the installation of lights and traffic signs).
The department said the highway expansion will help reduce traffic congestion, road accidents and possible flooding, which will not just improve the living standards of nearby communities but will also improve logistics in the EEC areas.
The 102.24-kilometre Highway No 344 starts at KM94+080 marker on Sukhumvit Road in Chonburi and terminates at KM269+101 of Highway No 3 in Rayong’s Klaeng district.
The Department of Highway has been slowly expanding the highway since 2018 to prepare for an increase in traffic in Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.