An Australian-led team of highway engineers is well advanced on an 8-million pounds sterling (20 million dollars U.
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Background: An Australian-led team of highway engineers is well advanced on an 8-million pounds sterling (20 million dollars U.S.) project to build a 66-mile highway in Northern Thailand
A total of 80 Australian are in Thailand for the project, which will link Lom Sak in Northern Thailand with Chumphae in the north-east of the country. The Australian are all drawn from the engineering team which built Australia's Snowy Mountains hydro-electric and water conservation scheme.
The Australian government has contributed 11-million U.S. dollars to the cost of the scheme, half of which went to provide heavy equipment. Carving the route for the highway means cutting a way through densely-jungled hills and valleys.
Work started on the highway in May 1970, and it is scheduled for completion in December 1975. When completed, the highway will close the last gap in the east-west highway system in northern and north-eastern Thailand.