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Phuket motorists urged to use alternative routes to ease traffic jams

PHUKET: Phuket officials are calling for motorists to use alternative routes in order to reduce traffic congestion on the island’s main north-south artery, Thepkrasattri Rd.

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Wednesday 10 August 2016, 09:54AM

V/Gov Chokdee noted that measures were needed to help ease traffic as Phuket goes through its current road-network reformation. Photo: PR Dept
V/Gov Chokdee noted that measures were needed to help ease traffic as Phuket goes through its current road-network reformation. Photo: PR Dept

Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat made the announcement at a meeting with local residents campaigning for official action to ease congestion on the island’s main thoroughfare.

Also at the meeting were Thalang District Chief Wikrom Jaktee, Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong, Phuket Highways Director Patiwetwutisak Sukkhee and other officials.

“There are two routes we want people to be familiar with: one is the coastal road joining Patong, Kamala, Surin, Laguna and Sakoo subdistrict (where Phuket International Airport is located); the other is the road along the east coast (through Pa Khlok) that joins at the Heroines Monument,” ” V/Gov Chokdee said.

“We are consulting with all departments involved in this to help improve these routes and make them safer. We will distribute information promoting these routes to motorists and also set up signs to let residents and tourists know about these options,” he added.

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V/Gov Chokdee noted that Phuket was currently undergoing a road-network reformation.

“Officials are currently carrying out studies and drawing up plans for many projects to improve our land-transportation infrastructure, including a light-rail mass transit system, special highway routes, underpass projects and a roundabout on Thepkrasattri Rd, which is the main road leading into Phuket Town,” he said.

“Some projects are under preliminary studies while others are under construction, so we must find way to relieve traffic congestion now to support the rapid growth of our island, which continues to have large impact on our economy, society and our daily life,” he added.



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Kurt | 10 October 2016 - 12:18:43

Yes Fritz Pinguin. Since a year, and sure the coming 3 years there is a kind of 'by pass' to avoid Chalong circle. That is Soi Anusorn (soi43)+ a few other soi's there.
It reflects 100% your comment.  

My prediction here, 10 August, came out.
Governor gone, 2 V/Governors gone, and the Project Engineer Chalermpon can't way the day he leaves Phuket.

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Fritz Pinguin | 09 October 2016 - 15:48:14

Most parts of the alternate routes are sprinkled with stupid speedbumps, potholes and whatever might upset the drivers. So guess why (almost) everyone wants to use a highway, which was built to cope with the traffic as it was 20 years ago.

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Kurt | 10 August 2016 - 13:16:39

Oh, and I miss info why Patong tunnel building didn't start last month, as planned, budget was approved and so on, was agreed 1 year ago, and tunnel construction works suppose starting July 2016.

Wait for the V/governor reply on that. At least inform population why Patong tunnel works didn't start as told.. Be honest.

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Kurt | 10 August 2016 - 12:57:55

Funny useless time waisting 'urge' of Phuket officials.
As of the people on Phuket not know what is going on with the time disastrous road doings left and right.

The people already found their way to go around the disastrous over-time consuming road projects.

They not need advice of a V/governor and his flock.
Waist of time and money, such meeting.
Motorists are not waiting for useless to late information.

I think it is the other way around:
The Phuket people advice the v/governor and all that government people sitting around the table to get off their hands and speed up road works, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. like in Singapore.
Work! Don't talk bla bla.

That underpass project in Phuket town, beside Tesco Lotus.
It became a very shame full thing.
How long this simple underpass is dragging on now?

And this company suppose to do Chalong underpass construction?
No Chalong underpass works started yet, was trompetted starting October 2015.
Just drain pipe workings so far.

Still the people who own land/property around Chalong circle are not bought out, not compensated yet!

Face reality, build a fly over at chalong circle, the positive side effect will be that all the ugly bill boards around the chalong circle will be less visible.

Chalong underpass will become a drama.
High Phuket authorities will do everything to get away from that disaster , apply/get positions elsewhere off Phuket Island..

Prediction: All the high Phuket authorities will work very hard to get off Phuket the coming years during the Chalong Underpass works.
None of them want to be labeled to that project.

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