Footbridge Across Chao Phraya Floated by City Hall, Again

The Wang Lang pier on the Thonburi side of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River in a 2010 photo. Photo: Maythee Anegboonlap / Flickr

BANGKOK — City Hall today revived a plan to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge spanning Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

Forty-nine million baht will be spent to study the construction of a walkway and cycling lane linking Rattanakosin Island to the Thonburi side between the Tha Prachan and Wang Lang piers.

The bridge would provide a safer alternative to ferries for pedestrians and also serve a recreational function, Pransan Pitakworarat of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said.

First mentioned in 2010, the project was never brought forward.

Pransan said there will the feasibility study would include possible impacts to the environment.

More than a dozen bridges currently span the Chao Phraya throughout metropolitan Bangkok, and another 10 are planned over the next two decades.

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