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Patong Hill closure causes traffic woes

PHUKET: Phuket officials are urging motorists to avoid Patong Hill from 9pm to 5am tonight while the road is closed to all traffic while works on installing water mains continues after long traffic tailbacks plagued the hill last night (Feb 26).

By The Phuket News

Monday 27 February 2023, 09:28AM

Much confusion has ensued among motorists over which vehicles are permitted to use the road over Patong Hill (Phra Baramee Rd) during which hours, officials noted this moring (Feb 27).

Many motorbike riders mistakenly believed that motorbikes would be allowed over the hill during the night, when all vehicles are prohibited from crossing the hill in both directions from 9pm to 5am, noted a report by the Phuket Info Center.

Car and van drivers looking to avoid the alternative routes through Chalong-Kata-Karon or through Kamala saw long tailbacks on the Patong Development Foundation privately built road from the bottom of the hill to the Chao Por Seua temple (“Tiger Temple) at the top of the hill.

Pacific Prime Thailand

Phuket officials this morning reminded motorists that the road will be closed to all vehicles again while the waterworks installation continues tonight (Feb 27).

The road will again be closed to all vehicles from 9pm to 5am tonight, the PIC noted.

All large vehicles are banned from using the road at any time until the waterworks have been completed, as they have been since Friday (Feb 24), the center added.

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Fascinated | 28 February 2023 - 10:44:15

Looks like perma-send Kurt his the wrong button in his angst. He seems to be taking a few lessons from JohnC referring to people as 'dumb'- a very sweeping statement.

JohnC | 28 February 2023 - 10:27:29

@kurt. Don't you know which page to write comments on about which stories? This is the story about the Patong hill closure, NOT the algae blooms. 

Kurt | 28 February 2023 - 02:46:00

Bloom-Bloom-Bloom! 'Just signaling worldwide 'the water quality' of Phuket first class world holiday destination. Yes-yes. Keep your kids out of 'bloom water' to prevent eye, ear, and nose infections to bring with you to home country. We don't do anything with the 'only' hundreds of reports.  Money comes first here. This is policy already during  many Phuket 'bl...

Kurt | 27 February 2023 - 12:00:44

This big work seems needed to be done now . It was well publiced that the Hill will be closed periods of time for ALL motorists. What make Thai on motorbikes think: "Oh, that is not for me"?  So dumb. Always that "not for me' thinking. Funny. Yup, than you get traffic woes. :-)))

Fascinated | 27 February 2023 - 10:53:38

What happened to 'Prab's Motorway' or is that a toll road now? Shirley the tailbacks would have been the other way with the works at this time of night?

Kurt | 27 February 2023 - 10:18:15

Huh, Chalong-Patong Rd not completed yet? Works stopped? Why? Is the private foundation built Patong Hill side road ok, safe and sound?

maverick | 27 February 2023 - 09:39:38

Should have pushed on with finishing the Chalong- Patong road -work stopped when Hill reopened after the land slip - this route is still only suitable for off road vehicles 


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