A U.S. Army Engineer programm to complete a 58-mile road in Thailand by the summer?
Aerial or road under construction.
Various construction activities.
Thai carpenters and American working together.
U.S. soldier using torch.
Trucks on road.
Earthmover spreads dirt.
Tractor with large roller packs the earth.
Jeep comes down the road.
Howard Johnson sign.
Traffic on completed road.
New Post Office Building.
Business section of town with limited amount of traffic moving through streets.
Aerial showing part of completed road.
2 American soldiers and several Thai workers fix cement embankment along road.
Workers smoothing cement, watching progress of work.
Trucks, busses and pedestrians on new road.
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Background: A U.S. Army Engineer programm to complete a 58-mile road in Thailand by the summer of 1966 will open up 250,000 acres of rich but hitherto relatively unproductive land for agricultural development in eastern Thailand. It is the most ambitious civic action project undertaken by the Army. Construction of the Bangkok By-Pass Road has been supervised by the 809th U.S. Army Engineer Battalion and the 561st Engineer Construction Co. with attached Thai Army Engineer elements. The road, about 75 percent completed, goes through jungle and rice paddles northeasterly from Chachoengsao, east of Bangkok and about 15 miles northeast using part of the road carrying people and produce to Chachoengsao and then into Bangkok. Since beginning of the construction a number of new towns, farms businesses, and homes have been established along the right of way.
The asphalt-paved road is 7.5 meters wide with double surface treatment shoulders of 2.3 meters on either side. The side shoulders are new to Thailand and provide a margin of safety not found in other Thai roads. Bridging comprises about 25 percent of the road effort.
A by-product of the road have been the civic action of American soldiers who voluntarily and on their own time go out to nearby towns for individual projects which include levelling land, improving roads and building schools.