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Chalong Underpass makes breakthrough

PHUKET: The tunnel that will become the Chalong Underpass has now been fully excavated and the construction engineer for the project still hopes that the underpass will be open to traffic in April.

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By The Phuket News

Saturday 16 February 2019, 12:46PM


Somkiet Yimpong, Project Manager at the Phuket office of the Highways Department, told The Phuket News yesterday (Feb 15) that the tunnel breakthrough came in late January.

Works on installing the panelling along the walls of the underpass have already begun, he said.

“We still have to install all the fume-extraction fans, noise dampers, water pumps, lights and other things, but overall right now the construction project stands at 76% complete,” Mr Somkiet said.

Mr Somkiet still hopes for the underpass to open to traffic in April, but might miss the previously hoped for opening before Songkran.

“Once all the systems are installed we will have to go through the testing phase, but hopefully this will be all done before the end of April,’ he said.

Meanwhile, the structure that now sits in the middle of what used to be Chalong Circle is nearly complete.

Construction of the tower is on schedule to be complete next month, Mr Somkiet said.

The tower is being built at a cost of B3 million, as part of the overall B546mn budget for the entire underpass project, he explained.

At the top of the structure is a sculpture of lotus bulb, a Buddhist symbol of peace.

“The design was part of the plans that were approved for the project, and similar Buddhist-themed designs are being used throughout the tunnel itself,” Mr Somkiet said.

 

 

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Kurt | 09 April 2019 - 17:15:56

Well, today, 09 April, as predicted, no chance that the Chalong underpass will be open at Songkran, probably not at all during this month.  To many non working days this month.

Kurt | 01 March 2019 - 18:22:10

Today ,01 March, viewed, no way that Chalong under-and over pass works will be completed in April. May be in June. ( that is if the rains not start in April)

Kurt | 17 February 2019 - 17:51:02

That structure in Chalong circle centre is to much. Very ugly and bombastic/pompous. Wait for the day a cement truck, water tanker or any other 10-wheeler does hit it.
Oh Boy, what a mess than we have there.
Are they south of the Circle already constructing a light rail station?

Island Man | 17 February 2019 - 08:09:24

I seem to recall an article from last September that boasted the surface traffic around the circle would open last December. That obviously didn't happen as we are all painfully aware. The construction began December 17, 2015. The burden on commerce and personal lives has been devastating. Crews should have been working 24/7 to complete this project. How about a street party upon its completio...

BigA | 17 February 2019 - 08:07:20

Hopefully April ! not to bad!
Horst

Galong | 16 February 2019 - 16:19:25

When it is finally completed, there will still be a roundabout!  Someone should have videoed this start to finish and put it to Benny Hill's theme song.

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