Phuket Governor puts underpass construction on hold for Beach Games

PHUKET: Governor Nisit Jansomwong has ordered construction of the island’s first two underpasses to be halted during the Asian Beach Games, which begin on Thursday (story here), so that all lanes can be open for traffic.

“Three lanes at the Darasamuth Intersection underpass [near Central Festival Phuket] will be open, as well as the road between Central Festival Phuket and HomeWorks, from November 14 to 23,” he said during an inspection of the sites on Saturday.

“I have asked that all construction on both underpasses [including at the Samkong Intersection near the Tesco shopping center on the bypass road] be put on hold and that workers clean up the road surfaces as much as possible.”

Governor Nisit is especially concerned about road safety during the Games, and will boost safety measures during that time.

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“Concrete barriers will be removed from the road to make more room for motorists during the 10 days of the games. Lights will be installed in order to prevent accidents and so that drivers can see the direction of traffic flow,” he said.

“I hope that traffic will flow better and that this will make a good image for Phuket.”

While the island hosted the Phuket Games in 2012, one rowing athlete, Sutthipong Laphutama, 18, from Bangkok, died in a tragic motorbike accident in Rawai (story here).

The Phuket Gazette is proud to have been selected as the sole English-language media sponsor for the 2014 Asian Beach Games being held in Phuket (story here).

For more information on the 4th Asian Beach Games, visit

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