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Finishing touches added to ‘Prab Road’

PHUKET: People have been asked for patience as the finishing touches are added to the road up Patong Hill from opposite Patong Go Kart on Phra Barami Rd in Kathu to the Chao Por Seua Temple (“Tiger Temple”) at the top of hill.

By The Phuket News

Monday 28 November 2022, 10:30AM

The road is hoped to finally open to vehicles this week, Weerawit Kreuasombat, President  of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), said yesterday (Nov 27).

Mr Weerawit’s hopeful announcement came in a post shared with Preechawude ‘Prab’ Keesin, head of the Pisona Group of companies in Patong and Founder of the Patong Development Foundation, which is overseeing construction of the private road.

The opening of the road will finally allow four-wheeled vehicles road access from Kathu to Patong.

Currently on the old main road over Patong Hill only motorbikes are allowed westward up the hill, from Kathu to Patong. This restriction is for safety while work continues on reinforcing the embankment at the site of the landslide that damaged the road over the hill.

Motorbikes and “small vehicles”, namely cars, pickup trucks and passenger vans, are allowed down the hill from Patong to Kathu.

The laying of the new concrete road is complete. Guardrails are now being added along the outer edge of the road for safety, Mr Weerawit explained.

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The road will also need to have a centre line painted along its three-kilometre length.

“For safety, [people] still can’t use the way.  Be patient a little more. Just a few more days,” Mr Weerawit said.

The new road is an initiative of local business owners in Patong. The road crosses private land donated to allow the road to be built, and is entirely privately funded.

According to the call by Patong Development Foundation for donations to help fund building the road, asking for all people across Phuket to donate just B30 each, the road is estimated to cost some B12.4 million. At last report donations of just over B2mn had been received.

At last report, heavy rains last week had slowed progress on the repairs to the road over Patong Hill. The road was initially hoped to be open to traffic in both directions by mid-December.

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Kurt | 29 November 2022 - 09:17:44

Is the Phuket Disaster Prevention Dept going to test the safety railing along 'Prab Rd' before the road will be allowed to open to traffic?

JohnC | 29 November 2022 - 08:54:25

Agree with Capriconball. Private road on somebody's land 'should' mean the owner(s) are liable for any maintenance needed and compensation for accidents/injuries caused. I'd hazard a guess that there will be future 'appeals' for residents to donate for repairing it.

Kurt | 29 November 2022 - 02:06:54

That private people are allowed to cut themselve through a nature area to lay a road, even when it is their land, only in Thailand. Most developed countries have rules for what a land ownwer can do, depend on planning, remain nature, housing, industrial destination. Here they just do what they want. Seems Government is paralized in protecting Phuket for sake of next generations.

Capricornball | 28 November 2022 - 18:00:27

So The Prabstitute Highway is running behind. I was wondering, since this is a privately funded and built roadway, then the developers (Prab and clan) must also be responsible for the long-term maintenance and repair, which will certainly be needed in short time. Prab and pals should also be liable for any accidents related to or caused by poor road design/construction.


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