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Emergency road works begin at Phuket underpass site

PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Highways Department has closed the section of the bypass road that collapsed beside the Sam Kong Underpass during heavy rain last night so that emergency road repairs can begin.

transport, construction, weather,

Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 29 January 2016, 06:26PM

The 50-metre section of the southbound side of the bypass road, starting from the Sam Kong Intersection, was reduced to one lane this afternoon.

Southbound traffic is now forced to either turn left toward Phuket Town or right toward Kathu.

Traffic lights will be installed as soon as possible, Phuket Highways Office Director Samak Luedwonghad told The Phuket News.
In the meantime, Phuket City Traffic Police are directing traffic at the busy intersection, he added.

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“The road was to be remade as part of completing the project anyway, but now we have to remake it earlier in order to fix the damage right away,” he said.

“While the road works are being carried out, we urge drivers of all heavy vehicles, such as big trucks and tour buses, to avoid the area.

“Also, traffic from Yaowarat Rd intending to head southbound on the bypass road must now first pass through the Tesco Lotus car park in order to join the bypass road south of the road works, Mr Samak added.



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Kurt | 30 January 2016 - 20:29:46

That whole Sam Kong underpass thing becomes very scary, as now one of the underpass walls is cracked ( if they do it technical correct, there must be a new wall built), plus that they  just recently found out about the existing water tables. All together it make the whole construction very unstable.
Great change that some day in future the walls suddenly fall down 'to the inside'. I will never use that underpass.

Same, may be worse will be the case with future Chalong underpass. 

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Fritz Pinguin | 30 January 2016 - 11:05:08

I guess I will never use this underpass, and I am afraid the proposed Patong Tunnel will be done in about the same quality of workmanship.

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Rorii | 30 January 2016 - 06:44:12

What this tells me, and it would comes as not surprise, is that the construction company FAILED to "back fill" correctly, done cheap, as usual, with inadequate compaction. If this is their "standard" then I fear for the safety of the tunnel, and those using it.

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