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Patong Hill opens to ‘selected vehicles’

Patong Hill opens to ‘selected vehicles’

PHUKET: Patong Hill Road opened in both directions to selected vehicles this afternoon (Nov 10), officials confirmed earlier.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 10 November 2022, 05:52PM


Governor Narong Woonciew was joined by a group of fellow government officials and construction and road repair experts at the site around 2pm this afternoon to officially permit certain vehicles to use the road once again.

The vehicles were limited to “four-wheelers” such as saloons, vans and pick-ups, despite an announcement this morning that it would be limited to “small cars” only.

The road had been off-limits to such vehicles since Oct 19 when a landslide hit the area, causing damage to the road and making it temporaily unpassable.

The announcement came after Governor Narong had inspected the landslide site on the hill yesterday and after having attended a meeting with local officials to be brought up to speed on the safety of the site last night.

Work is continuing to stabilise the site with large rocks and heavier soil being placed at the base of the embankment exposed by the landslide.

Despite daily rainfall over the past few weeks, the site was deemed to be safe, said a report by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) this morning.

The cumulative effect of the rainfall remains low. Water pressure in the soil at the site is still below critical threshold, the report said.

There has been no further soil movement at the site, the report continued.

“The road is still safe. The traffic route can be used carefully according to the conditions of the area,” the report concluded.

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JohnC | 11 November 2022 - 10:25:18

I sincerely hope this is true. Allowing heavier vehicles access too soon will not just badly damage The Gov's image but make it near impossible to further repair if the slope gives way again. 

Kurt | 10 November 2022 - 20:49:35

...for a photo session and his 'thai' explanation about a Patong Hill disaster. Sure there is already a scape goat targeted. Wait for tourists in cars falling down that unstable road section. A real 'High Season opening' it will be.

Kurt | 10 November 2022 - 19:18:53

This morning it was:  "Small cars". Before sunset already changed into larger categories. Now blowing the air with "certain vehicle". That four wheel thinking will evaporate in no time. Wait for a Patong Hill disaster, it will be published world wide. Fingerpointing to highest Phuket Officials. Governor can hang stand by his most impressive pyjamas jacket for a international ph...

Fascinated | 10 November 2022 - 18:38:23

Nice to know the Gov is a qualified Civil Engineer- yet another arrow in his quiver! Is there no  end to his talents?

kiwiian | 10 November 2022 - 18:24:15

Safe, unless mother nature's influence proves otherwise.

 

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