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Chalong-Patong road hits 80% complete

PHUKET: The dual carriageway under construction from Chalong to Patong is now 80% complete, reports the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 14 December 2022, 10:49AM

The confirmation came through a brief report of PPAO President Rewat Areerob inspecting the site yesterday (Dec 13).

The purpose of Mr Rewat’s visit, at 1:30pm, was “to follow up on the operation and encourage the staff”, said the report.

Joining Mr Rewat for the inspection was PPAO Deputy President Tiwat Seedokbub.

Machinery to “adjust the road area” was being brought to the site. “Drainage pipes and soil surface treatment are now being laid to prevent future slides,” the report noted.

“The operation has progressed to 80%,” the report concluded.

No other details were provided.

The report included the hashtag “#Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation takes care of the people.”

The announcement yesterday broke the silence of more than a month since the most recent progress report on the completion of the road. The PPAO announced on Nov 12 that the project was 73% complete.

The construction of the road, some 3.5 kilometres long, was initially announced in October to be only a small “temporary road” over the hills from behind the Klong Kata reservoir in Chalong (often referred to as ”behind Luang Pu Supha Temple”) to 50 Pi Rd in Patong.

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The construction of the temporary road, announced in the aftermath of the landslide on Patong Hill on Oct 19, was expected to take only two weeks.

Of note, before the landslide on Patong Hill, repeated requests for decades to build the road from Chalong to Patong had been denied as it passes through protected forest.

However, just seven days after announcing that the road would be “temporary only”, PPAO President Rewat on Oct 31 announced that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was already underway by the Department of Rural Roads to determine “the feasibility” of making the Chalong-Patong road permanent.

At that time, construction of the road had already cleared large swathes of areas to make way for a much larger road than the previously announced temporary version.

Plans for the expanded road included widening the road, creating large drainage ditches on either side “to prevent people from taking advantage of the new road either by illegal logging or illegal excavation”, Mr Rewat said at the time.

The permanent road is to be 12 metres wide, and include bicycle lanes, he added.

Fences are to run along each side of the road to help prevent wildlife from straying onto the road. Small tunnels will be built to allow wildlife to cross from one side to the other without risking crossing the surface of the road, he said.

How much the project to build the expanded road will cost has never been revealed.

To date, a final date for the scheduled completion of the road has also not yet been revealed.

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Pascale | 15 December 2022 - 14:37:56

Can't people wait until the road is finished with all their criticism ? 

Kurt | 15 December 2022 - 10:08:40

Well JohnC,  about what surface are you talking about? You mean the walls too?

JohnC | 15 December 2022 - 08:52:38

Nothing mentioned here about sealing the surface. Surely it won't be just left as compacted dirt?

JohnC | 15 December 2022 - 08:50:16

kurt. ..when it rains heavenly, is around the corner, seeing the steep empty walls??? LOL. How do you ever expect anyone to understand what you are trying to say.

Capricornball | 14 December 2022 - 16:51:01

Funny how a straight tunnel of less than 1 km took over 3 years and jillions of baht, while now a spate of new roads running several kms each are slammed up in a matter of weeks. And the wonderful PPAO " takes care of people", and we shall soon see exactly who is being taken care of. Like Prab's road and the other newly carved routes, rich and greedy developers and contractors are sa...

Nasa12 | 14 December 2022 - 15:26:28

This want to be a big big disaster, and illegal road to. 

Kurt | 14 December 2022 - 13:58:16

Is  there anybody who sees the photos think a future disaster at that road, when it rains heavenly, is around the corner, seeing the steep empty walls? Nothing to hold them.

Fascinated | 14 December 2022 - 13:48:28

Seems our residnet 'expert' needs to step away from his computer and actually view what is going on. there is a lot of construction fixing the Katak Hill road at present- or was it just a mirage I saw on Saturday?

megamind | 14 December 2022 - 13:42:54

for what I know ( I run around the dam every week) borh side of the road around the dam lake are unsafe and close to collapse again. So why this waste of money?

Kurt | 14 December 2022 - 13:14:49

All attention to new roads, while repairing the existing  Katak Hill Patak Rd almost comes to a stand still. Who understands that may say it. That 80% completed comment, huh? No buys that nonsense. Seems limited resources are so divided, that actually nothing works out very well. Seems priorities are pocket filling.


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