The Tachileik City Development Committee is completing a ring road in the eastern Shan State border town to relieve traffic congestion, an official said last week.
The proposed ring road is more than 2 kilometres long and much of it has already been built, the official said.
“Tachileik’s only main road is Bogyoke Road, which is just 32 feet at its narrowest point and 42 feet at its widest. One spot in particular, near No 1 Chit Kyi Yay Bridge, gets very congested during rush hour. So we are building a ring road nearly parallel with Bogyoke Road to reduce traffic jams,” said an official from the town’s development committee.
“We have already built a concrete and tar road parallel to Bogyoke Road near No 1 bridge named Gaw Thaniz that is 5400 feet long and leads straight through to Mal Kaung Bridge. However, there is still another 2370 feet left to build,” he said.
“We will combine the two sections this year to complete the ring road. It is our first initiative to reduce traffic congestion in the city.”
He added that the committee will expand Bogyoke Road if traffic congestion continues to be a problem once the ring road opens. Other measures will also be put in place to improve traffic flow, another official said.
“We will not allow trucks and trawlergyi (farm vehicles) to travel along Bogyoke Road and we can order these vehicles to instead take the Monghsat shortcut if necessary,” said U Ko Ko from the Tachileik City Development Committee.
As of September, the township has 44,750 licensed motorbikes, as well as 1193 three-wheeled motorcycles, 1005 trawlergyi, 1217 cars, 162 light trucks, 118 heavy trucks, 49 passenger buses and 12 other vehicles.
About 40,000 people live in Tachileik proper.
Translated by Zar Zar Soe