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Downhill lane on Patong Hill to reopen to cars, small vehicles

Downhill lane on Patong Hill to reopen to cars, small vehicles

PHUKET: The road over Patong Hill will reopen to allow cars, vans, pickups and other “small vehicles” to travel eastbound from Patong to Kathu after a two-hour “trial period” starting today (Nov 4), the Phuket Governor has announced.

By The Phuket News

Friday 4 November 2022, 09:19AM

UPDATE: Traffic is now slowly flowing down Patong Hill, towards Kathu only, with officers stringent that vehicles move slowly and are well spaced apart. As of 1pm, no incidents had been reported.

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Governor Narong Woonciew made the announcement after meeting with officials at the landslide site last night.

“Small vehicles, from cars to vans to pickup trucks, are allowed to take the downward path from Patong to Kathu, starting at noon on November 4, to alleviate the initial suffering for the people,” Phuket Governor said.

The downhill lane will first open to selected small vehicles at 10am as a “trial period”, before the lane is opened “for real use” from midday, he noted.

Governor Narong said experts had examined the soil strength at the site and advised that it is safe to open the downhill lane to small vehicles.

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“The engineering team found that the strength of the soil layer of the downhill lane from Patong to Kathu was strong enough to allow four-wheeled cars and vans to pass through because that lane is far [enough] from the landslide,” Governor Narong said.

“As for the uphill lane from Kathu to Patong, that still has to stay closed because there are machines that are accelerating [the work] to improve the road, and because the assessment of the soil strength has found that it is not as strong as the other side,” he said.

“As for motorcycles, they can continue to use the way both up and down [the hill] as usual,” he added.

“If tests later find that the soil layer is strong enough and can support the weight of traffic, we will allow cars to pass both up and down the hill,” he said.

Governor Narong urged motorists using the the road to exercise caution.

“It is being opened to use to alleviate the initial difficulties. It is not yet open for regular traffic, and work is continuing to repair the broken road. Therefore people must be careful in using the road as much as possible,” he said.

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JohnC | 05 November 2022 - 09:34:18

If Gov Narong's 'experts' have examined the soil then everything must be safe, right? If the soil was stable enough the slide never would have happened in the first place. More rain coming. Beware!!

Kurt | 05 November 2022 - 00:39:01

@agogohome, In this case no scramble to deny responsibility. It is completely the Governor's decision. He is 100% responsible for this Patong Hill Rd safety gamble during TMD's raining warning days.

It's funny that Officialdom still talks about 'Road'. 

GerryT81 | 04 November 2022 - 18:21:59

Yup Cb , they should keep the road closed , so you can go on with your pleasant rides ! Who cares about the needs of others,right?

Capricornball | 04 November 2022 - 12:36:02

Too bad, I took the motorbike path over a few days ago, and it was the most pleasant ride over the hill I've ever had...both ways.  The road opening will not be a trial, it will instantly be overwhelmed by taxi and minivan vermin, making it once again a dangerous and miserable drive, regardless of road condition.

agogohome | 04 November 2022 - 10:39:44

Perfectly safe until it rains and someone is killed. Then they'll be a scramble to deny responsibility.

Kurt | 04 November 2022 - 09:57:17

One can't make it up. TMD gives a heavy rain weather warning report for Phuket during 4-6 Nov.  ( see the article below this article) And Governor opens partly the cripled Patong Hill Rd on 4 Nov. Gambling with safety. Wait at least till 7 Nov. Safety first.


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