Driving in and around Bangkok Bang Kapi area will get even more frustrating this weekend when the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand closes the Lam Sali flyover so it can build an underground Orange Line station.
MRTA construction chief Pattanaphong Phongsupatsamit said the inbound section of the flyover will close for a year at 11 p.m. Friday. One outbound lane will remain open.
The Lam Sali station is part of the MRT Orange Line’s eastern route connecting the Thailand Cultural Center and Min Buri. The 22.6-kilometre route will have 10 underground stations and seven elevated depots.
Bangkok police plan to monitor the increased traffic congestion expected and inform motorists of detours they can take. Contractors also will have equipment ready to remove cars that break down or get into accidents near the construction zone.
But police said the best route to take would be one nowhere near the likely massive traffic jams.
Bangkok motorists did get a bit of good news to counter the flyover fiasco: The underpass at the Krungthep Kritha Road intersection, part of the Srinakarin-Rom Klao Road development project, will open on Friday.