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.
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.