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Officials to open Chalong-Patong road

PHUKET: After more than a decade of permission to build a road over the hills from Chalong to Patong being denied because the road would have to pass through protected forest, officials are now hoping to open the road to traffic in about two weeks.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 25 October 2022, 09:00AM

Works to build the road, which will traverse three kilometres connecting the road behind the Klong Kata reservoir in Chalong to 50 Pi Rd in Patong, have already begun, officials announced yesterday (Oct 24).

Diggers and graders provided by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO) were already on site, clearing and levelling the dirt surface.

Opening the road will be only a temporary measure while the road over Patong Hill remains closed to vehicles, explained Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew during an inspection of the site yesterday.

Joining him were Phuket Vice Governors Pichet Panapong and Amnuay Pinsuwan, PPAO President Rewat Areerob, along with Chalong Mayor Thanaporn Ongsantiphap and Patong Mayor Chalermsak Maneesri

Also on site were officers from the Royal Forest Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE).

The dirt road that used to be a track is currently not usable for regular vehicles, said Mr Rewat.

“At some points soil slides down onto the road. Other parts are marked by ditches caused by erosion. Some sections of the road have very steep gradients,” he explained.

“But when the soil has been leveled and graded, the PPAO will bring mixed rocks to fill and use a compactor for strength and complete it with a smooth road surface,” he said.

“It is a distance of about three kilometers. It will be open for temporary use only until the repairs to the main road to Patong are completed. If there is no rain, we expect to open the road to vehicles in about two weeks,” he added.

The forced closure of the road over Patong Hill made opening the CHalong-Patong road a necessity, Mr Rewat noted.

“If the road remains closed for a long time it will damage the economy of Patong. Therefore, it is necessary to have a backup route,” he said.

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charles | 28 October 2022 - 00:35:26

so they can grade & surface a 3km stretch but can't fix an exisiting road with a section of a few 100m that got wiped out & were still waiting on the fix on the Kata hill rd after 2yrs , Taxi mafia are ok with the closure as they can charge an exorbitant amount now to get around bet they are already charging more for Kata to Patong  

Kurt | 27 October 2022 - 07:49:27

This 'new' Chalong-Patong road goes through Protected Forest. Does that mean the road will be temporarily only? And later just becomes a 'track' again?

JohnC | 26 October 2022 - 08:42:20

I used to ride my motorbike over that track 25 years ago and my old boss used to drive his Volvo wagon almost daily going to work. I have always wondered why it was never made in to a main road because it is by far the shortest route between Patong-Chalong and would definitely help alleviate some of the traffic chaos. Instead of just a 'temporary' fix build it properly to be a permanent ro...

Prab | 25 October 2022 - 14:09:32

money always win and this is just another example..  actually is pretty easy to live here if you have enough money to pay for... paradise really ... 

Kurt | 25 October 2022 - 11:05:22

A track, with soil sliding down, erosion everywhere, steep gradients. And they transfomr that with the shovel of a uncle/brother/friends into a road within 2 weeks?  hahaha. No way I will drive that 'road'. I tresure my life/health. Officialdom seems to be inpanick about Patong 'night life' continuation. It's not for the beach or shopping, that can be done everywhere else.

Fascinated | 25 October 2022 - 10:16:01

This road should have been opened up years ago. With the scrapping of the 80m height restriction for construction there is no valid reason for it not to be made a permanent route. Far more practical than the Pie in the Sky tunnel. A shame there is no exit at the Kamala end anymore for the Kathu-Kamala track.

christysweet | 25 October 2022 - 09:37:53

Somuch for ' protected forest' when the coffers of the Patong capitalists suffer. 


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