Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket gifted B1.3bn for roads; underpass motorcyclists to face law

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith today announced that Phuket will receive funding of more than 1.3 billion baht to build underpasses at Bang Khu on the bypass road and at Chalong Circle.

Included in the funds is 200 million baht to build a flyover at the Koh Kaew Intersection on Thepkrasattri Road and another one at the main airport turnoff on Thepkrasattri Road in Mai Khao.

Mr Arkhom delivered the news after inspecting the progress made on the Samkong Underpass in front of the Tesco shopping center on the bypass road this morning.

“Despite the project being nine per cent behind schedule, it is still on target for completion by the end of this year,” Mr Arkhom said.

Work began on the 850mn-baht underpass in September 2013 under a concession granting 720 days for completion.

However, progress suffered delays last year when workers were forced to move power cables and water mains pipes, making the June 25, 2015 deadline impossible to achieve (story here).

During his visit today, Mr Arkhom confirmed that the Highways Department had been approved to allocate 600mn baht to build the Bang Khu Underpass, where Thepkrasattri Road joins the bypass road (stories here and here).

The Phuket Highways Office had also been granted a further 570mn baht to build an underpass at Chalong Circle (story here), he added.

“We are now in the process of looking for contractors for both projects,” Mr Arkom said. “We expect to confirm who the contractors are by the middle of June, and construction of both projects will start before the end of the year.”

New projects, aimed at alleviating Phuket’s ever-worsening traffic jams, revealed by Mr Arkhom today included a 200mn baht flyover at the Koh Kaew Intersection, long known for its daily mile-long tailbacks.

The Department of Highways first publicly recognized the Koh Kaew Intersection as a ‘tailback blackspot’ in 2012. The move to build a flyover at the busy junction bypasses previous concerns with expanding the number of lanes there further. The junction already has six lanes; three each way (story here).

The plan to build a flyover at the Mu Dok Khao Intersection on Thepkrasattri Road in Mai Khao, where most of the traffic turns off to reach Phuket International Airport, aims to reduce the volume of traffic there.

UNDERPASS SAFETY BAN

Mr Arkhom also set a deadline of May 15 for local authorities to start charging drivers of motorbikes for using the recently completed Darasamuth Underpass.

“The underpass has been open for a month, and in that time we have noticed many motorbikes, including some with sidecars, driving through it,” he said.

“This is dangerous. There is no dedicated motorcycle lane through the underpass. After May 15, local officers will arrest and charge drivers, and they will make sure new signs and lights are installed to make sure all drivers understand the rules.”

The charge will be ‘breaking traffic regulations’, as indicated by traffic signs, for which the penalty is a fine of up to 1,000 baht, Mr Arkhom noted.

The practice of driving across the double solid lines south of the underpass in order to access or exit the street to Wichit Police Station will stop, he added.

“This is also very dangerous, and local officers will take steps to make sure this no longer happens,” he said.

The charge of ‘breaking traffic regulations’ will also apply to this, Mr Arkhom confirmed.

The move to ramp up safety measures at the Darasamuth Underpass follows the tunnel’s first accident last month, when the driver of a motorcycle with a sidecar escaped with his life after his three-wheeler was clipped by a passing truck.

The motorcyclist was trying to make a u-turn inside the tunnel when his vehicle was hit (story here).

Additional reporting by Chutharat Plerin and Thanaphon Phromthong.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

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.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

World2 hours ago

1 dead, 1 injured in prop gun shooting on Alec Baldwin movie set

World3 hours ago

Biden reaffirms US would defend Taiwan against Chinese attack

Tourism3 hours ago

Curfew lifted October 31 for all or part of 17 Thai provinces

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Covid-19 Friday: 66 deaths, 9,810 infections, provincial data

Thailand5 hours ago

Thai car production expected to grow

World5 hours ago

Vienna Tourist Board censored by Facebook, shares art on OnlyFans

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime6 hours ago

Man arrested after allegedly raping young girl 18 years ago

Education7 hours ago

China to prioritize foreign students returning

Tourism7 hours ago

Thailand’s focus on wealthy tourists won’t benefit small business

Thailand8 hours ago

3 categories allowed back in Thailand, Updates on re-opening | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 115

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Covid-19 infected patients to receive vaccine after recovering

Morning Top Stories Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | The list of 46 countries permitted to enter Thailand from Nov 1 | October 22

Phuket8 hours ago

“Together Phuket Stepping Forward”: tourism plan after Sandbox

Indonesia8 hours ago

Indonesia to introduce strict air travel measures for end-of-year holiday period

South9 hours ago

Southern Thailand to receive 500,000 vaccine doses to combat Covid-19 surge

Thailand1 month ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Phuket8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

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

Tourism8 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Trending