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Landslide-hit section of bypass road to be closed until further notice

Landslide-hit section of bypass road to be closed until further notice

PHUKET: The northbound section of bypass road, which suffered two landslips on Oct 19 and Oct 20, will remain closed for traffic until further notice. All vehicle will continue the southbound lanes for traveling in both directions, according to an order, signed by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 21 October 2022, 05:25PM


On Oct 21, Governor Narong visited the landslip site on bypass road, officially named Chaloem Phrakiat Rama 9 Rd. 

Governor Narong was joined for the inspection by Vice Governors Pichet Panaphong and Amnuay Phinsuwan as well as officers from Phuket Highway Office, Public Works and Town Planning Office and other relevant agencies, reported the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

It was explained that two landslides happened on the slope of Khao Nang Phanthurat Hill Range, opposite the PTT gas station on the southbound side of the road.

The landslide not only blocked the northbound lanes, but also left people worried about the possible collapse of an unfinished hotel building, located on top the hill right where land masses slid down carrying away trees and bushes. The derelict structure is now hanging over the two northbound lanes of Chaloem Phrakiat Rama 9 Rd.

At the small meeting held right on the spot, it was announced that the hilltop structure had been standing there for more then three decades and is believed to stay despite the recent landslides. This was confirmed by a qualified engineer who inspected the building.

According to a representative of the Public Works and Town Planning Office, the structure was built using piles and thus has enough strength. Yet the office “will accelerate exploration and find solutions” for the future.

Right now workers are using machinery to create “an underground drainage trench” to prevent further landslides. Yet, the northbound lane will remain closed until further notice by the Governor’s order.

Meanwhile, the southbound side of bypass rd was separated in two lanes using plastic cones, so vehicles can move in both directions there as a temporary solution. Traffic Police officers from Mueang Phuket Police Station are there to direct drivers and ensure safety. 

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skorchio | 22 October 2022 - 14:51:55

All the money and disruption building that bypass road, and they left that sitting over it, amazing 

Kurt | 22 October 2022 - 11:47:35

That more than 3 decades 'unfinished' hilltop building is the same as a construction opposite Toyota dealer, another construction in front Central Festival, now hidden by commercial panels and many years abandon construction we see coming from Karon, just before entering Patong. What is all this? Is there no law to complete construction after a building/construction license is granted?

Kurt | 22 October 2022 - 11:34:47

Landslide-hit section Bypass for safety closed till further notice.   But simular landslide situation at Khuan Yalk Hill Kamala-Patong Rd  don't get the same safety first road closure thinking. Shows how desparate Officials are, letting economical thinking prevail and taking risks.

JohnC | 22 October 2022 - 09:57:26

An unfinished building which has been derelict for more than three decades is in dangerous of collapsing on to the bypass road and their "qualified experts" say leave it there??? Just like all the other derelict unfinished hotels and condos strewn across the island by dodgy investors, they should all be knocked down and completed cleared away.

 

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