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Phuket motorcyclists no longer allowed through Sam Kong Underpass

PHUKET: Having been allowed to use the Sam Kong Underpass for several months now while work was carried on the surrounding area, motorcyclist on two- or three-wheel vehicles are no longer permitted to use it as the project is now nearing completion.

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Thursday 13 October 2016, 05:05PM


A motorbike and sidecar travels through the Sam Kong Underpass on Oct 5. Photo: Chris Husted
A motorbike and sidecar travels through the Sam Kong Underpass on Oct 5. Photo: Chris Husted

The project engineer in charge of overseeing construction of the underpass has also confirmed that as from now police will strictly enforce the law with regards to motorcyclist passing through.

Project Engineer Chalermpon Wongkietkun of the Phuket Highways Office told The Phuket News today (Oct 13) that people riding two-wheel or three-wheel transport – including bicycles, motorbikes, and motorbikes with sidecars – are now not allow through the Sam Kong Underpass.

Motorcycles had been allowed through the underpass as a temporary measure in order to reduce the usual heavy traffic at the site since the Highways officials opened two lanes northbound through the underpass on April 10. (See story here)

Mr Chalermpon said, “We temporarily allowed motorcyclists to go through the underpass, but now that has come to an end. The law does state that these types of vehicles are not allowed in underpasses.

“We have already installed overhead signs in both directions leading into the entrances to the underpass to warn motorists about this.

“Warning signs for the road are now being made and we will have them installed by next week,” he said.

Mr Chalermpon advised motorists to obey the law for their own safety, he said, “Even though the prohibition signs are in place some bikers still go through the underpass. Police are now enforcing the law regarding this so please don’t break the law.”    

 

 

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