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Phuket officials seek to make Chalong-Patong Rd permanent

Phuket officials seek to make Chalong-Patong Rd permanent

PHUKET: Rewat Areerob, President of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO), has revealed plans to develop the road being cut over the hills from Chalong to Patong to become a permanent road.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 1 November 2022, 10:51AM

The road is currently being excavated, filled and graded where necessary to create an emergency alternative route to Patong following the landslide on Patong Hill earlier this month.

Currently only motorbikes are allowed to cross Patong Hill past the landslide site.

The Chalong-Patong road traverses steep hills for a total length of 3.5 kilometres, from behind the Klong Kata reservoir in Chalong to 50 Pi Rd in Patong.

Before the current ongoing roadworks, which began Oct 24, the road was little more than a dirt track.

Attempts to have the track officially designated to become a permanent road had been repeatedly proposed for more than a decade, but were denied as the road passes through a protected forest area.

That hurdle was instantly dismissed as officials scrambled for alternative routes to Patong following the Patong Hill landslide on Oct 19.

Speaking at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall attended by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, Mr Rewat revealed yesterday (Oct 31) that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will be conducted on the feasibility of making the Chalong-Patong road permanent.

The Department of Rural Roads will be asked to “clarify the EIA approval process”, he said.

Plans include widening the road, creating large drainage ditches on either side “to prevent people from taking advantage of the new road either by illegal logging or illegal excavation”, Mr Rewat said.

The permanent road is to be 12 metres wide, and include bicycle lanes, he added.

Fences are to run along each side of the road to help prevent wildlife from straying onto the road. Small tunnels will be built to allow wildlife to cross from one side to the other without risking crossing the surface of the road, he said.

How much the project would cost was not revealed.

Meanwhile, work continues to making the “temporary” road safe for motorists.

At the time the project began, it was estimated to take two weeks to complete, giving a target deadline of opening the road to traffic next Monday (Nov 7).

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Prab | 03 November 2022 - 13:40:58

Kurt, yeah pretty scary to say the least... and even some with SUV already doing the crossing lol.. 

Kurt | 03 November 2022 - 10:51:46

Prab, perhaps that road construction weakening the walls/dykes of the water reserve? Putting pressure on that not yet completed road already? Mmh, than interesting press times waiting ahead.

Prab | 03 November 2022 - 08:06:27

i did go there yesterday with my bike and a part from the new section been constructed now, on the way there all around the water reserve the road is falling a part, section of the road clearly start to break away..  there is much more then just make a new one there... dos not look safe at all to me.. go to see it and you all would know it 

JohnC | 02 November 2022 - 08:34:54

Finally! This road is badly needed to ease traffic congestion, has been for years. PLEASE take your time and build it properly. NOT sub standard as usual so money can be made tendering for repairs later. Just do it right first time.

Pascale | 01 November 2022 - 15:07:39

Here we go again. All those expats/experts with their sandcastle diploma are on it again. Yawn !

Capricornball | 01 November 2022 - 12:38:21

Property planned and designed road?, not a chance, snap decision made in a matter of hours, with work going full steam ahead with no thoughts for anything except baht. Drainage will be generally added as an afterthought, and not properly engineered to prevent future erosion and under-cutting. Thoughts for future development? Just go for it while you can, forget planning. Never learn.

Fascinated | 01 November 2022 - 12:05:18

Should have been done years ago. 

Curious @Nasa12 as to where all the restaurants, bars and guesthouses are on the current road are or just perpetuating yet another Phuket Urban Myth?

Kurt | 01 November 2022 - 11:57:22

When excavating, filling and grading a proposed new road route, than the works have to be given long time of sounding in, before rolling out asphalt on top. Welcome to a another new sub-sub standard road.

Kurt | 01 November 2022 - 11:49:13

Seeing the photo's, the naked slopes are giving not much safety feelings for driving there. Proposed ditches and small 'underpasses' for animals will soon be filled up with sand and debris. The whole construction project started up with simple flash thinking. Not thought through very well.

Capricornball | 01 November 2022 - 11:41:52

The latest pork project that has the standard pool of corrupt politicians and their contractor buddies salivating over a new source of pocket stuffing. This project will unfold like all others, pilfered budgets that will leave the bare minimum to building another substandard road. Your EA process is a farce, so why bother? Design engineering... not a chance.

Nasa12 | 01 November 2022 - 11:18:23

Thai people have start fighting about land up there all ready. They will building restaurants,bar guesthouse ++ and the government now that. 


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