FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket flyovers to stay, says national Ombudsman

PHUKET: Construction of two u-turn flyovers on Phuket’s main artery, Thepkrasattri Rd, will go ahead, a national Ombudsman confirmed yesterday (Feb 8).

transportconstructioneconomicsenvironmenttourismThe Phuket News

Thursday 9 February 2017, 12:54PM

Boon Tapanadul, Ombudsman from the national Office of the Ombudsman of Thailand, said the two flyovers would go ahead despite concerns from local residents. Photo: PR Dept

Boon Tapanadul, Ombudsman from the national Office of the Ombudsman of Thailand, said the two flyovers would go ahead despite concerns from local residents. Photo: PR Dept

Boon Tapanadul, Ombudsman from the national Office of the Ombudsman of Thailand and a former Criminal Court Chief Judge, made the announcement in person in Phuket yesterday.

“The construction will go ahead as the flyovers require smaller budgets and will take a shorter time to complete. They will also be more effective in resolving traffic jams,” Mr Boon said.

The Ombudsman’s Office of Thailand launched a review of the plans to build the two flyovers after complaints from local residents. (See story here.)

The two flyers, together costing about B200 million, will both be “mid-air U-turns”, allowing traffic heading northbound to return southbound unimpeded, and without causing delays to other motorists.

One flyover will be located near the Jeeteng mansion on Thepkrasattri Rd in Koh Kaew, about 1.38km south of the Heroine’s Monument. The other will be at the Nai Yang turn-off on Thepkrasattri Rd, about 3.3km north of the main intersection in Thalang Town. (See story here.)

QSI International School Phuket

Raksagecha Chaechai, Secretary-General of Office of the Ombudsman of Thailand, explained that the residents called for the national Ombudsman’s office to review the plans.

“They asked for us to review and compare the construction plans, and asked to change the flyovers into tunnels or normal u-turns,” he said.

Mr Boon explained his decision to allow the flyovers to go ahead. “Normal u-turns need more space so cars can turn around, which means the plans will need to widen the area occupied by the road, and the budget will double,” Mr Boon said.

“Construction of an underpass at each site would need more than seven times the budget and they would take longer to build,” he added.

However, Mr Boon added, “We will keep an eye on this. Officials need to listen to people who are affected by the construction. Also, officials need to better inform of construction projects so the people have a clear understanding of what is happening and why.”



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.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Kurt | 10 February 2017 - 15:15:34

Fact is: Several building owners close to Chalong circle must sell their shops/buildings/businesses for this underpass thing.

They just keep their negotiation gunpowder dry. 
Government still have to buy them out to get space to build a underpass.

Some thai building owners around Chalong circle soon very get rich with a big smile and walk away with a lot of money before the real underpass b...

Sir Burr | 10 February 2017 - 12:22:26

Because it was deemed "mai suay". Also, several building owners close to the circle, objected to the idea saying that it would hurt their businesses.

BigA | 10 February 2017 - 07:16:53

What actually was the main argument why there is no Flyover been build at the Chalong circle? Can anyone from the officials give an honest answer?Any Bets, nobody will answer!!


Phuket community
Storm-struck Jungceylon reopens after all-night repairs

......and still you get wind speed wrong. 35 kms/hr is just over 20 mph. The gusts were approximatel...(Read More)

Police hunt mature-age jealous ex, age 51, for suspected car arson

Dangerous little man with the mentality and brain power of an 8-year old....(Read More)

Storm lashes Phuket

Seems you have made the same mistake as your competitor newspaper. Wind speeds of 16 km/hr?? Don'...(Read More)

Phuket student takes on survey of public transport, tuk-tuk and taxi fares

I applaud this students initiative and PN for their help. 50 responses should not be a problem. So...(Read More)

Thailand leads MICE surge

Did I miss something? What is this self promoting MICE thing? Passing by all the life threatening...(Read More)

Court seizes B21m more from former Pheu Thai MP, B168mn already seized

Well, some more years the tables will be turned. Then the ex junta generals go to face the same. Aft...(Read More)

Concerns over Phuket wild monkeys as they risk entering homes to steal food

It looks like deporting monkeys to these small islands is a artificial creation of quick natural sta...(Read More)

Government incapable of ending graft, says poll

This Junta Government has all the instruments to end grafts as it is strong in power by side-lining ...(Read More)

Rainbow Warrior arrives in Phuket with a clear message

"Greenpeace's unsolicited & un-needed advice?" Unsolicited, sure, the last thing ...(Read More)