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Two Phuket underpasses to close for flood-prevention cleaning

PHUKET: Both Samkong Underpass and Darasamut Underpass will be closed to traffic for 33 hours next week so workers can clean the drains ahead of heavy monsoon rains.

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Saturday 28 April 2018, 04:02PM


Phuket Highways Office is getting ready to take steps to protect Samkong Underpass from flooding. Photo: Peeraphun Kongkhum
Phuket Highways Office is getting ready to take steps to protect Samkong Underpass from flooding. Photo: Peeraphun Kongkhum

The two tunnels on Phuket's bypass road will be closed to traffic in both directions from 8pm Monday night (April 30) through to 5am Wednesday (May 2), Phuket Provincial PR Office announced yesterday evening (April 27).

The clearing of all the litter and rubbish from the drains is aimed at preventing flooding during especially heavy downpours in the coming months.

Phuket's third tunnel – Bang Ku Underpass – was not mentioned in the official announcement.

 

 

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Kurt | 15 May 2018 - 14:54:09

Drove today through the Darasamut Underpass.
From beginning to the end the lane sides were full of sand and small stones! Nice for the pump system!! Hehehe.
The water release/drain holes? Many half blocked with sand, plastics/bottles, and all kind of rubbish.
Don't they need to keep up with weekly 1 night cleaning?
Guess soon the same photo can be shown again. Zero learning curve about flo...

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Kurt | 29 April 2018 - 13:01:30

Well, smart clearing and cleaning weekly 1 night time from 01:00 am till 05:00 am would do better than just present planning.
It would prevent also pumps damage (already happened).

Why let plants grow at drain holes, plastics and all kinds of dirt during long time of period stick around it?
Photo shows flooding due to lack of continues/regular cleaning. Copy Singapore way of cleaning.

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Island Man | 29 April 2018 - 07:58:59

It was and still is inevitable. Wouldn't have had that problem if they'd built a flyover.

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