British International School, Phuket
Carnival Magic 333 at the beach Pro Property Partners British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Patong Hill open to all vehicles

PHUKET:  Vehicles of all sizes are now allowed to travel over Patong Hill, past the site of the landslide in October that saw the road closed to all traffic.

patongtransportconstructiontourism
By The Phuket News

Tuesday 20 December 2022, 04:50PM


Kathu Municipality announced the full reopening of the road through a post on Facebook late yesterday afternoon (Dec 19). “All kinds of vehicles are allowed to travel - come and go,” the post said.

Noting “Kathu-Patong Road, the road of effort and patience”, Kathu Municipality urged motorists “to use the route with caution”.

Publicly announcing the road reopening yesterday allows Kathu officials to claim that the repairs were conducted in exactly two months, following the landslide that devastated the road on Oct 19.

owever, provincial officials did not announce the full reopening of the road until 3:25pm today (Dec 20), through a post on Facebook by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

The reopening of the road followed Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew inspecting the repairs to the road and the embankment yesterday evening, said the PR Phuket report.

The repairs to the embankment and the road are nearly 100% complete. “Just a little more work” needs to be done. “Only a few details of the work remain”, the report added.

Subscribe to The Phuket News

Regardless, “all kinds of vehicles are allowed to pass,” the PR Phuket report confirmed.

The work that remained comprised ‘finishing touches’, namely the installation of a guardrail along embankment side of the edge of the road. The outer lane is currently reserved for construction vehicles completing the work.

Completing the project made travel for local residents and tourists convenient, “because this period is during the festivals, including the New Year festival and is considered the high season of Phuket, in which there will be more tourists traveling in Phuket”, the report said.

“People who drive on the roads in the area are asked to drive carefully and strictly follow the traffic rules,” the report concluded.

The reopening of the road to all traffic follows Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob inspecting the work underway on the hill on Dec 2, when the work was reported to be 70% complete..

Following Mr Saksayam’ visit, Phuket officials announced that the goal was to fully reopen the road by Christmas Day.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

* (Not Hotmail/Outlook)
CAPTCHA

Kurt | 21 December 2022 - 13:56:33

Don't overreact so much, JohnC. So far the partly collaps of the Patong Hill Rd didn't cost lives. For now we have to trust the Thai standard of safety thinking that the Rd can be used as normal from X-Mas Day. Time will tell us. Lets concentrate now on Kata Patak Hill Rd.

JohnC | 21 December 2022 - 09:02:52

Phuket's death road is open for madness once again!

Prab | 20 December 2022 - 23:01:56

for now and tomorrow we dont know ...

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Haze returns with a vengeance

...Keep monitoring, and do nothing to change things for the better. Many potential foreign tourists ...(Read More)


Vachira providing pay-for Pfizer jabs for foreigners

As a Retiree I received here 4 Pfizer vaccinations free of charge. So, nr 5 later, will cost a forei...(Read More)


Haze returns with a vengeance

Words 'haze' and smog' ' used alternate for the same dangerous pollution. WHO ...(Read More)


Haze returns with a vengeance

Accumulated dust and stagnant air??? Really! Apparently nothing to do with the yearly illegal burnin...(Read More)


Rotary Clubs rally for coral reef restoration

Interesting location chosen for this initiative. Goh Maithon not known for it's reefs or for scu...(Read More)


Taxi scam concerns visitors the most

The best way to treat the "illegal" taxis is to legalize them...thus forcing the existing ...(Read More)


Taxi scam concerns visitors the most

So, right on the heels of this story is the PLTO taxi mafia and their criminal cartels crying and ca...(Read More)


Policemen who stopped Taiwanese actress face bribery charges

@JohC: "Charges" are rarely conviction or penalized in payoff happy Thailand. And, you rar...(Read More)


Crackdown on illegal Phuket taxi drivers launched

more schedules bus services please - what happened to the electric bus project in Patong - why are m...(Read More)