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Phuket locals frustrated at airport runway road closure

PHUKET: Residents living near the airport runway road have called for authorities to explain when work on long-term measures to resolve further landslides blocking the road will begin.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 29 November 2016, 06:32PM


Local residents posted a sign on the concrete barriers asking, 'How many more people have to die?' Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Local residents posted a sign on the concrete barriers asking, 'How many more people have to die?' Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The road was closed for safety on Aug 31 after heavy rain caused a dangerous landslide that smothered the busy back road in earth and fallen trees. (See story here.)

Frustrated with no signs of any work to redress the problem, residents have posted a sign on one of the concrete barriers that now block the road.

The sign reads: “How many more deaths before the work begins”.

The question relates to the death of 25-year-old Saran Nantabut, from Phang Nga, who died after slamming his motorbike into the barriers last Thursday (Nov 24). (See story here.)

Gaining popularity in local social media circles are Facebook posts by local resident Sulaimarn Kaewngamdee. The posts include photos and videos of people driving cars, pickup trucks and motorbikes around some the barriers, and straight past other barriers that have been moved to allow vehicles through.

“Time has passed and nothing is being done and this is causing distress to local people who have to use a detour to get home. Since the road has been closed there have been many accidents causing injury and most recently death,” Mr Sulaimarn wrote.

Responding to local’s concerns, Mai Khao Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) Chief Sarawut Srisakukam told The Phuket News today (Nov 29), “I was told that officials from Phuket International Airport are in the process of designing plans for this project. However, I am not sure when the work will be carried out.

“The road is closed, yet people still risk their lives using this route as a shortcut to the airport,” he said.

Asked today what needed to be done to prevent motorists from using the road, Mr Sarawuth said that he was in a meeting and that he would get back to The Phuket News later with the answer.

 

 

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Kurt | 30 November 2016 - 13:45:47

Well, Khun swerv in the bend of the road, hahahaha.
His reaction is just in fever for himself, not at all for 'in general'.
As  a few days ago, in another reaction, khun swerv already said: 'I not care about other people'.

Why he not comment about the lack of thai initiatives during last 2 months that the road was not brought back in condition as it was until end August 2016?
His thai country mates living along that road not understand.

All traffic are using it now illegally.. Sabai-sabai.
I write the year ( 2016), as I am sure nothing will happen there until we are far in the year 2017.

Incompetence likes to show off. Good item for a piece of thai soap tv. 

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swerv | 30 November 2016 - 13:05:27

Kurt/CaptainJack69: I used that road a lot until recently so i am definitely not in favor of closing it or making it one way.
What a silly suggestion though....one way? Why, especially for people who live on the road?
Plenty of room for 2 vehicles to pass.

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Kurt | 30 November 2016 - 12:00:22

CaptainJack69,  you are right about the 'narrow matter' and the dangerous grills.
But as actually people living along that road, perhaps make it a one way road?
A simple survey can make clear in which direction will be the best. (?)

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CaptainJack69 | 30 November 2016 - 03:21:37

Keep it closed. That road is a deathtrap, too narrow for 2 cars to pass each other and dangerous grills in the road all along it. Going the other way isn't that much further and much safer.

They'll have to reinforce those barriers though as Thai's will do anything if it seems even a little bit easier for them, and hang the consequences. On second thoughts leave them, and dig a few big holes in the road too, maybe a few lessons will be learnt.

Just sayin'

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Kurt | 29 November 2016 - 20:45:26

Wow, already 2 months road closure!
And officials still in 'process' of designing plans for this road?
Was 2 months, 2 months (!) not enough time?
The whole thing should have been already fixed by now.

Reading that motorbikes, cars, pick up trucks are driving around the barriers ( some even removed!), so using the road, means that the needed works can't be a big deal.

And about Mr Sarawuth,(.."I was told"..) who was in a meeting, not able to answer a simple question, Oooh, perhaps he just heard about this road today.

TIP!  This is Phuket.  

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