Connect with us

Phuket

PIH “bypass turnoff’to be closed

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A provincial committee on traffic safety has decided to block the dangerous turnoff to Phuket International Hospital (PIH) from the bypass road southbound lanes for a trial period of one month.

The committee, chaired by Phuket Vice-Governor Smith Palawatvichai, came to a unanimous decision on the issue at a meeting held last Thursday afternoon.

Signs warning motorists that U-turns are forbidden at the crossover are routinely ignored by motorists wanting to reverse directions without going all the way to the designated U-turn near Central Festival, committee members said.

The turnoff has been the site of at least seven accidents between February and May, traffic police reported.

Because the turnoff allows motorists to cut across a downhill section of the bypass road where northbound traffic flows at high speed, collisions tend to be disastrous.

Rather than accept the dangerous turnoff as a source of business right on its doorstep, the management at PIH sent a complaint to the Governor explaining the dangerous situation there.

Saroj Suwinchai, director of the Phuket Provincial Highways Office, said his staff will soon erect a sign informing motorists that the turnoff will close within seven to 10 days.

After that, concrete barriers will block entry to all vehicles for one month.

A similar turnoff a few hundred meters north, in front of Index Living Mall, was closed at the end of last year for the same reason.

A total of 440 people have been charged with traffic violations on the bypass road from November 2007 to May 2008, the committee was told.

Meanwhile, across town, the one-way system on the access road to Phuket Rajabhat University has been declared a success after a three-month trial period and will remain indefinitely.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Politics3 hours ago

Vladimir Putin officially annexed four parts of Ukraine

Transport5 hours ago

Phuket Airport officials pulled tourist from van, insisted they use airport taxi

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand’s strange laws – 10 strange laws in Thailand

Sponsored2 days ago

10 Best Seed Banks that Ship Cannabis Seeds Discreetly to You (Free US Shipping)

Politics6 hours ago

The long goodbye – Which way now for PM Prayut?

Pattaya7 hours ago

Pattaya Police Chief cleared of vice slurs, back on duty

Tourism7 hours ago

Reopening Thailand has a busy activity schedule

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Tourism8 hours ago

Today is the day! Full post-pandemic Thailand reopening

Pollution9 hours ago

Garbage in canals is worsening flooding in Bangkok

Weather10 hours ago

Hurricane Ian lashes South Carolina

Tourism11 hours ago

5-star squatters evicted from Layan Beach

Video11 hours ago

All you need to know about Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival

Protests11 hours ago

Anti-Prayut rallies expected across Bangkok

What you get for $X1 day ago

What $100,000 buys you for a condo in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Hua Hin

Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Activists plan protests all across Thailand

Thailand1 day ago

Snitching on parking space hoggers could earn you 5,000 baht in Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending