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Heavy jams forecast after Lam Sali flyover closure

Construction work on the future Orange Line railway will close the Lam Sali flyover (background), making traffic around the Bang Kapi area even more jammed. (File photo)

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The city police and the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) are preparing for the closure of the Lam Sali flyover in Bang Kapi to make way for the construction of a station on the MRTA's Orange Line.

Pattanapong Pongsupamit, MRTA's executive director for construction, said the inbound section of the flyover will be closed for 12 months later this week to facilitate the construction of an underground MRTA station.

After the construction is completed, the flyover will be reopened to traffic, he said, adding that the closure will start at 11pm on Friday, Dec 7.

The work on Lam Sali station is part of the MRT Orange Line's eastern route project, which runs from the Thailand Cultural Centre to Min Buri.

The 22.6-kilometre route will have 10 underground stations and seven elevated ones.

Pol Maj Gen Jirasant Kaewsaengake, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said one lane on the outbound section of Lam Sali intersection will remain open following the closure.

He said traffic police will be monitoring traffic congestion in the area and motorists will be informed of the detours they can take to avoid congestion.

According to MRTA, the MRT Orange Line's eastern route, which is valued at 79 billion baht, will be open in 2023.

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