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Patong Hill repairs to take longer than expected

Patong Hill repairs to take longer than expected

PHUKET: Repairs to the landslide site on Patong Hill are now expected to take longer than the 45 days initially predicted, officials have announced.

By The Phuket News

Monday 14 November 2022, 10:44AM

The news follows the small vehicles being banned from travelling up the hill at midnight Friday night (00:01am, Nov 12) for safety reasons after officials recognised soil movement at the site.

The vehicles travelling up the hill were using the lane closest to the landslide embankment. The extra weight resulted in the cracks in the road left by the initial landslide widening further.

“The noticeable gaps in the road are larger were caused by the day when cars were released from Kathu. At this time, some mortar has been poured into the side cavities of the road,” said a report by the Phuket Info Center.

The ban came just 36 hours after the road was deemed safe and small vehicles ‒ cars, pickups and passenger vans ‒ were allowed to travel up the hill on Thursday afternoon.

Work is continuing on reinforcing the base of the landslide embankment with large rocks and heavier soil being spread across the area, to be compacted later.

However, officials have now recognised that completing the road “may not be able to finish within 45 days due to weather conditions and the loading and unloading of the paving stones takes a long time to travel”, said a report by the Phuket Info Center.

Kathu Mayor Chai-anan Suthikul on Oct 29 in announcing the repairs to conducted said the repair works were scheduled to last between 45-60 days, although further inclement weather could impact that timeline, he added.

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew present for the announcement also repeated the same hopeful deadline, which would have seen the repairs completed by mid-December.

The actual plans for what the completed repairs to the road and the embankment will eventually entail have never been released to the public. The current repairs were initially touted as “temporary repairs” under a B20 million project by Kathu Municipality.

However, a report by the Phuket Info Center released yesterday said that “staff” at the site had confirmed that the work entails making the road down the hill wider, making the slope of descent less dangerous and making the sharp curves less dangerous.

Following the ban on small vehicles travelling up the hill from Kathu to Patong coming back into effect over the weekend, officials reported traffic at the site this morning (Nov 14) as “normal”.

Motorbikes are still allowed to travel up the hill towards Patong, while motorbikes and “small vehicles” are allowed to travel down the hill from Patong towards Kathu.

However, reports of heavy traffic in Kamala continue, as that is the main, and shortest, route open for vehicles travelling from Phuket airport to Patong.

The only other alternative route is for motorists to drive down to Chalong Circle in the south of the island then access Patong via Kata and then Karon.

Officials also reported this morning that the groundwater levels and the soil tension readings in the soil at the Patong Hill landslide site were “normal”.

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Timothy | 15 November 2022 - 11:00:15

"large rocks and heavier soil being spread across the area, to be compacted later'....How the hell are they supposed to compact it later? First, you can't compact rocks. Secondly, fill should be put in one or two feet at a time and compacted, before the next layer. Impossible to compact 50 feet of fill later! Morons!

JohnC | 15 November 2022 - 09:51:55


Prab | 15 November 2022 - 08:05:10

ops...where is Narong for the picture today? 

Fascinated | 14 November 2022 - 18:58:01

Well I am shocked- I never expected that (removes tongue firmly from cheek). Best thing that could happen is another storm to bring the whole lot down, negating the need for a tunnel.

skorchio | 14 November 2022 - 12:59:05

And looking at the pics of the 'repairs' - seems to me that unconsolidated material is being heaped upon the already-fallen unconsolidated material? Is the plan to then rebuild the road on a pile of unconsolidated material? WTF

skorchio | 14 November 2022 - 12:55:49

Oh what a surprise ..... the vertical cliff of loose and unconsolidated soil, supporting a road, is declared unsafe again. Trust your own instincts folks, as these clowns have no idea what they are doing. The road is an extreme hazard, and could entirelycollapse at any moment, especially during and after heavy rain.


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