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Rain blamed as Phuket underpass completion deferred until September

PHUKET: Heavy downpours have again delayed progress in the completion of the Sam Kong Underpass, with the lead project engineer frustrated that the project is only “a week” away from completion.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 29 August 2016, 06:20PM


‘Machines at work. Do not pass’ says a sign at the Sam kong Underpass construction site today (Aug 29). Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

‘Machines at work. Do not pass’ says a sign at the Sam kong Underpass construction site today (Aug 29). Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The underpass is now expected to be completed “next month”, Chalermpon Wongkietkun, Project Engineer from the Highways Department, told The Phuket News today (Aug29).

“The heavy rain is the main problem preventing completion of the underpass. The only main work to be done is to tarmac the roads,” Mr Chalermpon said.

“The surfacing of the roads – both those above ground and through the tunnel itself – is the only major work that remains to be done, and we cannot do that while there is heavy rain.

“If the rain stopped for just one week, we would be finished within just one week,” Mr Chalermpon said.

“The roads entering and exiting the tunnel are done, but they look messy because the rain is preventing us from completing the final surfacing of those lanes,” he added.

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Minor finishing touches, such as the installation of some roadside street lights, are also being delayed by the inability to surface the roads, Mr Chalermpon explained.

“These other final jobs, inside and outside the tunnel, will be done by no later than the end of September,” he assured.

Mr Chalermpon noted the the heavy downpours that have plagued the island for the past week will not affect traffic flow through the underpass.

“Four water pumps have been installed and are ready to be used in the tunnel. Plus, the drains along both sides of the underpass have been finished,” he said.

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 23 March 2017 - 12:48:37

Santino, Of course flyovers and bridges would be a far better idea. However in Thailand, aesthetics will always trump common sense as a matter of national policy. In polls, citizens(allegedly)indicated flyovers were ugly and preferred the far more expensive, and time consuming tunnels.
 Of course the  real solution to Phuket's traffic woes- mass transit that works was never really on the tabl...

malczx7r | 22 March 2017 - 11:08:01

Santino, if i had a baht for every person who had commented that on here i\'d be the richest man in Phuket! Apparently common sense is not a flower that grows in everyone\'s garden!

Kurt | 22 March 2017 - 09:58:23

Construction Chalong Circle underpass started October 2015.
When they start digging in front of HomePro Village?

ematt | 22 March 2017 - 08:50:33

Wow - so many Civil Engineers and construction experts posting here. Who knew we had so much expertise here on the island?

santino | 21 March 2017 - 23:27:25

Would it have not been a beeter idea to build Bridges/Flyovers as opposed to Underpasses which will constantly flood??? 

Kurt | 30 August 2016 - 18:13:59

@ Jome.  I guess you are joking, right? :)
It are not the frency foreigners. 
It is about time tables and completion dates provided by thai project people. 
And hey, don't forget this construction company already pay daily a few million thb  per day for failing the time table.
Doesn't look like a secure job anymore, and hardly see there any labor. 

Can you imagine, doing a project...

Kurt | 30 August 2016 - 16:09:30

The Underpass time management is so overwhelming incompetent that perhaps NCPO has to step in to prevent a enormous thai loose face with the Chalong underpass construction.
This company has given now throughout the years such a certificate of incompetence, in no way it can be the company to create Chalong underpass.

Think of the millions of tourists the coming years passing by Chalong circle, ...

Sue Yu2 | 30 August 2016 - 13:29:05

That\'s at least 5 0r 6 times the work\'s passed its \'completion date\'. Seeing the mess there just a few days ago I don\'t believe a wor they say anymore.

Jome | 30 August 2016 - 11:09:02

Why are stupid farrang so frency about timetables and completion dates?????
As long as work is going on the project manager has a secure job and contract labor is paid......TIAT...This Is Amazing Thailand...

Kurt | 30 August 2016 - 10:40:37

If the Sapam underpass project is ahead of schedule, perhaps that company should build the Chalong underpass?
Saving us years of misery around Chalong.

Anyway, Sam Kong Underpass didn't die in the first thai white lie. Hahaha.

benvenuto | 30 August 2016 - 09:41:24

Has anyone witnessed more incompetent project management than this? Is anyone accountable? Will anyone lose their job or even be transferred to an inactive post? Perhaps the Phuket News could publish the quotes of those who made completion date predictions together with their photos and their pathetic excuses for failure. At least that would be some accountability.   

Christy Sweet | 30 August 2016 - 09:27:20

" Next month.." is two days away. And since when does it stop raining in September? 

CaptainJack69 | 29 August 2016 - 22:20:33

What a farce. So it's just the surfacing that needs doing is it? It's just the surfacing that's stopped traffic from otherwise flowing through that junction for the past 18 months. When it's done will there not need to be traffic lights on it? Road signs? Curbs? Paving? And through the underpass, lights? Ventilation? Emergency systems? None of these are yet in place.

Kurt | 29 August 2016 - 20:00:24

On 23 July I commented already we could expect this continuing story of delay as every one passing by there that time could see.

What has installing road side lights to do with road surfacing?
 
And other 'final jobs' will be done no later than by the end of September? 
Hahaha. I don't see workers.
Ok, let's say we may be get another 'more dressed up soft opening' in...

Jome | 29 August 2016 - 19:39:07

Hahahahahahahahahaha

KCPhuket | 29 August 2016 - 19:02:35

Blah blah blah...the project at Sapam is way ahead of schedule.  Maybe it doesn't rain much over there.

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