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Patong Hill repairs underway, expected to last up to 2 months

Patong Hill repairs underway, expected to last up to 2 months

PHUKET: Repair works on the collapsed road at Patong Hill started today (Oct 29), officials have confirmed.

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 29 October 2022, 12:19PM


Kathu Mayor Chai-anan Suthikul said yesterday that contracts were due to be finalised this monring and machinery was set to start work immediately.

Mayor Chai-anan also confirmed that the repair works are scheduled to last between 45-60 days, although further inclement weather could impact that timeline, he added.

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew was at the site this morning to oversee proceedings as the machinery rolled in and commuters on bikes drove past in the designated lane. All other vehciles have been banned from using the road.

The announcement came after the news that expert geologists have been deployed to install devices to monitor the water content of the soil at the landslide site so that officials can close the road and give advance warning of any impending landslide at the site.

Assoc Prof Dr Aphinit Chotisangkat from the Department of Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, at Kasetsart University and his team inspected the site on Thursday to study the geographic safety of the area.

The team installed devices to monitor the “safety aspects of the soil”, such as soil pressure, soil strength and the percentage volume of groundwater at depths of three metres and six metres.

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The system installed will alert relevant officers of any measurements exceeding safety limits although who will be informed directly by the system was not explained.

Sandbags have been placed to guide any rain runoff away from the exposed soil on the side of the road where the landslide occurred Wednesday last week (Oct 19).

Barriers have also been installed to separate traffic flow as motorbike riders make their way up and down the hill past the landslide site.

The road past the landslide site remains open to motorbikes and pedestrians only. Cars and larger vehicles are still banned from crossing the hill.

No official annoucnement was made as to whether the road will be completely closed at any point whilst the repair work takes place.

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Pascale | 02 November 2022 - 12:50:23

@Kurt   Very  obvious that officials were in no rush to repair the roads !
Only 3 roads to the west coast ? Huh ? 

Kurt | 02 November 2022 - 00:26:12

Pascale fails to see over all picture. There WERE just 3 vulnerable roads only to West Coast area. Proven now, all 3 crippled, should be repaired asap!  Pascale's thinking there was no rush about Kata Hill fixing is a understatement.  Not having  fixed Kata Hill road 2 years after that collapse he calls it a 'no rush' thing? Do we laugh now while so significant the situation is?

Pascale | 01 November 2022 - 15:13:19

@Charles The Kata hill was still drivable for cars /bikes in both directions. There was no rush for repairs.Can't compare it with Patong hill.

skorchio | 01 November 2022 - 13:20:53

welcome back to JP, looks like a few holiday pounds have been added? 

Kurt | 01 November 2022 - 11:36:02

Lucky Phuket that it goes to have a 'Low High Tourist Season'. Otherwise the road traffic nightmare would be coming year double of what it is now. On Patong Hill not road patch repair work is needed, but a complete new road construction over about 1 km distance. And don't forget to do irrigation works of the Hill first in order to tame the natural water forces coming down from there.

kiwiian | 01 November 2022 - 08:56:53

What happened to the "temporary repairs will take one week after the rain stops" claim? 2 months will mean 4-6 months in Thailand so all through the high season all traffic to Patong will have to go through Laguna and Kamala. Already a nightmare

charles | 31 October 2022 - 21:04:46

Kata Hill  2 yrs & waiting . it was not as big a collapse as the Patong hill  so i totally don't believe it will only be 60 days to finish  

Old guy | 29 October 2022 - 14:45:40

Hopefully, the alert system will work as well as the tsunami early warning buoys (they haven't worked in years )

Fascinated | 29 October 2022 - 13:10:18

No one has mentioned the recently completed 'super drainage system'  on the LHS side of the road going down towards Kathu- not a great success was it!  Interesting that 7  days has morphed into at least 60- one would almost think the initial statement was yet another case of 'foot in mouthitis'. Watch the Patong City sign next- it has an ominous lean to it. if that comes down the w...

 

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