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Phuket underpass to close for repairs

PHUKET: The Darasamut Underpass will close from 11pm tonight (May 16) until tomorrow morning while workers repair traffic signals, Phuket Highways Chief Papiwetwoottisak Sookkii has confirmed.

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Tuesday 16 May 2017, 05:30PM


The Darasamut Underpass, in front of Central Festival Phuket, will close at 11pm tonight (May 16) so workers can carry out repairs. Photo; Tanyaluk Sakoot
The Darasamut Underpass, in front of Central Festival Phuket, will close at 11pm tonight (May 16) so workers can carry out repairs. Photo; Tanyaluk Sakoot

Both the northbound and southbound lanes through the underpass will be closed through the night while workers carry out repairs to the overhead electrical signs informing motorists which lanes are open to them.

“The underpass will be closed until the work has been completed,” Mr Papiwetwoottisak said.

“The work should be finished by about 7am. I apologise for any inconvenience during this time,” he added.

Mr Papiwetwoottisak also confirmed that the middle lane through the underpass will remain closed until further notice for safety reasons.

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Before the middle lane’s closure, traffic flow using the central lane alternated between northbound and southbound, depending on the traffic needs at that time of day.

“I want to reduce drivers’ speed in the underpass as the middle lane was often used for overtaking inside the tunnel. It is too dangerous,” Mr Papiwetwoottisak said.

“I hope that Phuket road users will improve their driving behaviour, especially when driving through the underpass,” he said.

For more in formation call the Phuket Highways Office at 076-212179.

 

 

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Kurt | 17 May 2017 - 16:06:33

Well, the repair of the above hanging electronic red cross/green arrow directive lane system should be repaired/adjusted remote wise.
And yes, why to have the center lane if it is in eyes of Phuket transport authorities not safe to use?
Could they not have anticipated that before building the underpass? Thai authorities know thai driving behavior.
Could have saved a lot of money.
Ok, now make a concrete barrier on that center lane , the present red plastic stuf setting is dangerous.
Suv's/trucks ignore them. They create a dangerous mess in the underpass.
Also speed limit of 60 kmh is completely ignored. And no Phuket authority is handling that matter.
What is wrong with Phuket authorities? Again, no law enforcement.

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BenPendejo | 17 May 2017 - 14:31:28

I love this..."“I hope that Phuket road users will improve their driving behavior".  Yeah...like THAT's going to happen.  Local drivers are clueless and don't think they are doing anything wrong.  Some things will NEVER change...including Thai driving habits.

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Eagle | 17 May 2017 - 13:38:57

Pauly44,you are wrong.This is the Darasamut underpass in front of Central and not the Samkong Underpass{the one you are talking about} in front of Lotus.Read the article well or do a better research on the internet.

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Foot | 17 May 2017 - 13:29:26

Wow! After a year, this massive, expense project is having serious problems.
Lights need repairing is not too bad.  But, eliminating 1/3rd of the lanes?   ... “I want to reduce drivers’ speed in the underpass as the middle lane was often used for overtaking inside the tunnel. It is too dangerous..”  Here's a thought, set up cops along the route and actually catch an fine the culprits B5,000 for doing it.  

Safer.
Much more efficient.
Manpower would be free because of raised money.

What a concept.

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malczx7r | 17 May 2017 - 13:25:39

Hopes that drivers will improve their driving behaviour, yeah just as I was driving up patong hill a tuk tuk decided to overtake on the hill approaching a blind bend!!  How about the RTP get out their vehicles and drive around pulling over dangerous drivers??

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CaptainJack69 | 17 May 2017 - 13:10:14

@Pauly44: You're thinking of the one at Samkong, in front of Tesco Lotus.  This is the one at Central Festival. It was completed on time, but was VERY expensive.

But the one at Samkong also has 3 lanes with the middle one alternating and it still seems to be operating that way. How long 'til it gets closed down too?

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CaptainJack69 | 17 May 2017 - 12:56:08

"the middle lane through the underpass will remain closed until further notice for safety reasons"

555. You couldn't make this stuff up.  All those millions of baht and years of traffic chaos to build a 3 lane underpass (which should have been an overpass) and it's already back-fired.

I mean did the designers not realize this was going to be in Thailand? An alternating middle lane with no dividers is going to be dangerous in any country, but with the worlds second most deadly traffic... in a culture where maintenance is considered unnecessary...

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ThaiPhoon | 17 May 2017 - 10:49:02

The driving behaviour referred to by Mr Papiwetwoottisak could have been anticipated at the design stage of this project. The underpass should never have been designed and built with 3 lanes. All this did was incorporate a hazard and add considerably to the cost. But since when did safety considerations figure prominently in public expenditure construction?

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Pauly44 | 17 May 2017 - 10:22:09

Wasn't this underpass just completed 2 years late and handed over to the public with an unwanted ceremony, now they are making repairs to their dodgy work and reducing lanes, what a joke, can't they do anything right, it's all over the island, Phuket has become a right & proper mess!

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