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Laem Pak Bia road bridge Cancelled
The 50 kilometer bridge over the Gulf of Thailand: Royal concern effectively cancelling Laem Phak Bai project - translated and summarized by Wisarut Bholsithi from Manager Daily, Bangkok Biznews, and Matichon, August 8, 2005

Premier Thaksin said he has to cancel the 50 billion baht Laem Phak Bai Project after receiving concern from His Majesty from Klai Kangwon Palace about environmental impact and this controversial project has cost overrun problems after the fuel hike. Furthermore, this project has not passed an Environmental Assessment (EIA). There is serious concern about mercury and lead deposits at the mouth of Mae Klong River and nearby areas which Laem Phak Bai project has to pass through. The substitute is to construct a new highway parallel with Highway 4 and Highway 35 along with some elevated sections. This also revitalizes the mothballed Bang Yai-Nakhon Pathom-Ban Pong-Cha Am Motorway as a substitute which is cheaper even though it is 30-40 km longer (total 90 km).
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