Drivers cheer new Pattaya tunnel

The first few cars emerge from the Pattaya Klang intersection tunnel following its opening on Friday night. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

PATTAYA: The first tunnel has officially opened in this beach resort city to help alleviate traffic jams in the Pattaya Klang area.

The four-lane tunnel runs for 420 metres beneath the Pattaya Klang intersection. With an overall length of 1.9 kilometres, the project took three years to build and cost 840 million baht.

A large number of vehicles were waiting to use the tunnel at 10pm Friday.

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