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Suggestion to separate U-turn projects for expediency knocked flat

PHUKET: A suggestion by the Phuket Real Estate Association (P-REA) to expedite the building of at least one of the U-turn flyovers on Thepkrasattri Rd to alleviate traffic jams on Phuket’s busiest road has been knocked flat by the realisation that the U-turn flyovers to be built at both sites must be treated as one project.

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By Chutharat Plerin

Monday 28 January 2019, 04:50PM


Public opinion was to not have flyovers at the Koh Kaew site, but instead have “on-the-ground” U-turns that will require the Highways Department to acquire more land along both sides of the road.

Public opinion was to not have flyovers at the Koh Kaew site, but instead have “on-the-ground” U-turns that will require the Highways Department to acquire more land along both sides of the road.

P-REA Secretary Phattanan Phisutvimol met Phuket Highways Office Chief Somwang Lohanut on Friday (Jan 25) and presented a written proposal for the Phuket Highways Office to go ahead with the construction of the U-turn flyover at Mook Dok Khao north of Thalang Town, whilst the environmental impact assessment (EIA) is carried out again for the U-turn flyover to be built at Koh Kaew.

Progress on the flyovers at both sites ground to a halt after it was realised that the Koh Kaew flyovers were to be built in close proximity to two sites of historical value – a fact not mentioned in the public-feedback meetings when carrying out the EIA for the project.

Subsequently, all progress on the project stalled whilst fresh EIA public-feedback meetings are being held to gauge public opinion and support for the flyovers.

At last report, public opinion was to not have flyovers at the Koh Kaew site, but instead have “on-the-ground” U-turns that will require the Highways Department to acquire more land along both sides of the road.

“If we want to separate the project into two parts, we will have to start the process all again as all the flyovers were presented as one project,” he said.

The EIA process will have to start from the beginning and the government concession tender process will all have to be scrapped and started again.

Even the royal decree formalising the pub project would have to be repealed, he said.

“If we restarted the process, it would take about a year to reach the point where we are now,” he said.

Mr Somwang confirmed that public-feedback meetings have voted for all of the flyovers – including those planned to be built north of Thalang Town – are now to be ground-level U-turns. However, we do not conclude that it should be flyovers or ground-level.

“We have requested a royal decree in order to expropriate the land required at both sites,” he added.

However, Mr Somwang warned, “The expropriation may take a long time if the landowners do not consent, but we must do everything in full accordance with the law.”

 

 

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Kurt | 31 January 2019 - 12:57:09

Just have a look yourself. From any direction Chalong Circle can be rounded. It is just that very ugly stanchion construction in the centre that blocks traffic around it. Well,....  And further away from Circle much can be cleaned up and brought back to normal in 2 directions as well. Including to pave with new asphalt. 'Construction/working area' already can be made much smaller.

DeKaaskopp | 31 January 2019 - 09:15:11

Officials take notice please! Our expert for civil engineering and roadway construction declared the Chalong circle to be fully functional now. So please, would you open it now. No need to wait for further expertise.

Kurt | 30 January 2019 - 15:23:48

Talking about U-turns. Do everyone sees that U-turn craziness around Chalong Circle should be ended right now?  No Need for it anymore. The Circle can be fully used now. So much can be done already to make it there a better traffic situation. But,. nothing happens, nobody says something. As buffalo's we all undergo there the madness 'hold up'. Time for journalists to check it out there...

Kurt | 29 January 2019 - 12:06:29

Everything knocked flat. Wow!
The whole kick sauce now is: Is this about landowners who like to make more money to sell more land, or really that nearby ...'2 sites of historical value'..  Something what Officials didn't know/not realised?
What harm can a overpass do to a nearby historical site?  If it is very, very close to land claiming area, and overpass required less land, well?

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