“We believe that doing so made travelling through the area more convenient for people,” Department of Highways project engineer Somkiet Yimpong confirmed to The Phuket News.
The single northbound lane will remain open until further notice, he added.
Mr Somkiat also reported that construction of the underpass has reached the 62% milestone.
“And it will definitely be finished on time,” he said.
"The project is scheduled for completion in August 2019. We are confident that the construction will be completed in time,” Mr Somkiet assured.
Meanwhile, Thalang Police have cautioned motorists that traffic is expected to be affected while Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) install new 115kV power cables at the site and repair existing 33kV cables from 6am-5pm this Thursday (June 28), and again on July 5 and July 12.