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Pattaya’s Beach Road to add an extra lane, part of multi-million baht renovation plan

Caitlin Ashworth

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In a multi-million baht plan to make-over Pattaya’s beach infrastructure, another lane of traffic will be added to the Beach Road to allow more parking. The plan for the extra lane is a new idea in the 160 to 170 million baht renovation project aimed at attracting more visitors and improving the general amenity of the popular beach walk. The Pattaya Council openly admit they hope the renovations will attract more Thai visitors.

A budget of 160 million baht for the project has been approved, but exact details are still in the works. Talks of the project have been going on since September 2019. In an earlier report, the Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem says the city will work on creating additional space for domestic tourists with more footpaths, toilets and parking spaces.

“Pattaya City has received a 160 million baht budget for a complete Pattaya beach renovation. We need to make as many green zones as possible to attract more Thai tourists. This includes more trees, flowers, exercise parks, playgrounds and shady areas.”

Public restrooms are planned to be along Beach Road’s North, Central and South Pattaya Road intersections. The makeover is also intended to enhance the space for the elderly and the disabled. More lighting is also planned for the area to improve safety. The Pattaya News says the first steps of the project will are expected to start this month.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    EdwardV

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 11:18 am

    “Exact details are still in the works”? – not too hard to figure out. They are clearly not going to take space on the inland side, it has to come from taking beach away. I get that but if this has been in the works for a long time, why didn’t they do it before spending all that money improving the sidewalk? The storm drain will now have to be modified too. While the storm drain wasn’t wasted money, most if not all of the sidewalk improvement money was. Honestly all three jobs are in the same spot, would have saved money to do it as a single project.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Poor planning. Aren’t there city planners? Any and all work could’ve been wrapped up during this covid shutdown. They want to milk this work for the next 2 yrs. I haven’t been able to enjoy a beer along Beach Rd. because of all the noise.

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    Pieter Wilhelm

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Banning cars and moterbikes from beach road and offering free electric shuttles would be the way to go to improve the beach road experience for a fraction of the cost.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Another lane on Beach Road and it will be harder to cross.
    Especially few Thais stop for walk crossing lights.
    My guess it is making an opportunity to take more brown envelopes.
    Just ban private cars on beach road from central soi to walking street and they will not need another lane.

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    Tommy Kanos

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    No doubt you have geniuses at work here. First they removed all the benches from our beautiful beach promenade, with the not-so-subtle intention to pick on the sex workers plying their trade there. Then it took about 5 years to fix the sidewalk…Still unfinished at some parts. The sacrosanct myriad motorbikes for hire take up a full lane, but aforementioned geniuses will not touch those, of course.None of this is an issue now that Beach Rd is a desolate wasteland, but tourists will eventually come back. Nowhere to sit and enjoy the sunset though…

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    Jack. Pattaya

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    So they spend how many years digging it up for . Was it drains and other issues? Now doing it all again ! No matter! there will be plenty of space and no congestion because the place is a dead resort !

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    Waverider

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Absolutely mad.

    It’s not broken, so don’t try to fix it.
    Will it ever get busy again ?

    High class turisits don’t go to Pattaya.

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    Jake

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Thailand still in the 80s when cars were thought to be the answer.

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    Porky

    Monday, October 5, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    A new lane ready for the Chinese tour buses parked next to the beach, bumper to bumper. Block the “view”. Hawkers shouting over from the opposite side of the road. Started about a year ago. Will be back.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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