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Fears of Phuket underpass traffic jams prompt ‘alternative routes’ plan

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PHUKET: The Highways Department yesterday held a public meeting to suggest alternative routes for motorists to alleviate traffic congestion when construction of Phuket’s first underpass at the Darasamuth Intersection, in front of Central Festival Phuket shopping mall, begins next month.

The news came at a public meeting chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Sommai Prijasilpa at Wichit Municipality Office.

Present were representatives from the Department of Highways’ Bureau of Bridge Construction in Bangkok, the Phuket Highways Office, and the contractor for the 600-million-baht mega-project, Thailand’s largest construction firm Italian-Thai Development PLC.

“The Darasamuth Intersection underpass [construction project] will start in the middle of this coming October [next month]. The whole project will take approximately two years, or 720 days, to complete,” explained Phuket Highways Office Director Samak Luedwonghad.

“Once this project is complete, it can solve the traffic problems for both local residents as well as tourists. The traffic flow heading to Rawai, Promthep Cape and Patong will be much better,” he added.

Mr Samak expressed serious concern about traffic congestion while the project is underway.

“We expect traffic [around the construction project] to be 20 to 30 per cent worse than it currently is. Therefore, we have come up with alternative routes to propose to the public and to ask for their opinions,” he explained.

Three alternative routes presented to the public yesterday included for southbound traffic heading toward Patong, to turn right at the Samkong Intersection, in front of the Tesco Lotus mall about one kilometer north of the underpass project, and continue on to Kathu and Patong, as most southbound traffic already does.

Alternatively, motorists would be able to continue through the Samkong Intersection and make a u-turn in front of Phuket International Hospital and then turn left into Bang Yai Road, which runs behind the Big C shopping center.

Mr Samak explained that the u-turn, which is currently for ambulance access only, would be re-opened fully to allow regular traffic to use it.

For southbound traffic heading toward Chalong, it was suggested that motorists turn left at the Tesco Lotus intersection onto Yaowarat Road, and continue right through the heart of Phuket Town.

Motorists would exit the downtown area by turning right onto Bangkok Road. From there, they would continue straight through the Slaughterhouse Intersection onto Wirat-Hongyok Road and rejoin the bypass road at the already-busy Naka Intersection about one kilometer south of Central Festival.

Alternatively, motorists could turn left onto Chao Fa Road and continue to Chalong, rejoining Chao Fa West by turning right onto Kwang Road further south if they wished, Mr Samak said.

Several other routes were suggested for northbound traffic, including one wherein vehicles heading north on Chao Fa West Road would turn off near the Honda showroom in Wichit onto Muang Chaofah Road, which would bring the traffic into Kathu.

(Click here to see a large map of the area and suggested alternative routes.)

Mr Samak also revealed yesterday that construction of the underpass at the Samkong Intersection in front of Tesco Lotus was expected to start in April 2014.

“The bidding for the construction price and other processes should begin six months from today. The budget approved for this project is 850 million baht, but some of that budget funding will need to be spent on the Darasamuth underpass because the government did not approve the entire amount required in its initial budget approval,” Mr Samak explained.

— Chutharat Plerin

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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