The announcement came during a visit to Thepsrisin Bridge, which joins Sakdidet Soi 7 with Soi Rattanakoksin 200Pi Rd, and was built with the aim of reducing traffic in the area.
Speaking during the visit, Governor Chamroen Tipyapongtada, who was accompanied by Director of Phuket Rural Road Office Theeraporn Jirarattanakorn, said, “This is a project that many local residents wanted for so long, and it took more than ten years for construction to start.
“We recently named the bridge Thepsrisin, a name which was entered into a competition organised by Phuket City Municipality in January by local resident Mr Rakkiet Deedpin,” he said.
Gon Chamroen went on to say that the bridge, which has been under construction since 2013, will be 495 metres long.
However, he also added that, according to the contract, work on the bridge should have been complete in September 2015 and as is has not the contractors have been paying a fine of around B200,000 per day since.
“Once the bridge is open we expect it to relieve some of the traffic heading towards town from both Chao Fa East and West. From Rattanakoksin 200Pi Rd, motorists will be able to access both Baan Bang Niew and Phuket Town,” explained Gov Chamroen.