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Chalong Underpass road surfacing to cause delays, project on target for end of May finish

PHUKET: The project engineer overseeing the construction of the long-awaited Chalong Underpass has warned motorists that surfacing of the roads through the critical junction will begin next Tuesday (Apr 30).

By Waranya Prompinpiras

Thursday 25 April 2019, 03:21PM

The work is expected to take two days, and expected to cause traffic delays while the work is bring carried out.

Somkiet Yimpong, Project Manager at the Phuket office of the Highways Department, told The Phuket News today (Apr 25),

We will not close any roads, so no new maps for redirected traffic is necessary,” he said, “but the roads will be paved one section at a time to allow traffic to pass.

We will need to close the lane that we are working on – and that will cause traffic delays,” Mr Somkiet explained.

Mr Somkiet is confident that the underpass will open before the end of May.

We have had to postpone the opening of the underpass (from the Songkran deadline previously hoped for),” he said.

We are now looking at opening the underpass to traffic by about May 28. It will be open by no later than May 30, which is the official date for project completion according to the contract,” he added.

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Mr Somkiet explained that the workers are currently installing lights, fume-extraction fans and water pumps in the tunnel.

Right now, overall construction is about 85% complete, but we haven’t finished installing the security systems yet. That work needs to be done very carefully,” he added.

Also, construction of the golden lotus tower (in the centre of the roundabout) isn’t finish yet. It sill needs more work, and more lotus flower motifs added, but that will be finished on schedule in May, too,” Mr Somkiet said.

Mr Somkiet added that he had yet to be informed of any official name that the underpass is to be formally dedicated.

We have not set a grand opening date yet,” he said.

Additional reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot



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Kurt | 26 April 2019 - 14:09:00

Ugly bombastic pillar at chalong circle is quite tasteless. And if there was need to erect there something than It should have been much lower. It is completely out of balance with the ugly surrounding. Beside that, tourist in busses can hardly see it, as mostly they not look up. The  underpass light masts should have lights to both sides, shining underpass road and road beside it. Missed chance.

BigA | 26 April 2019 - 11:36:41

Nevermind the Underpass and this silly Circle! Why not finish the Chalong Hospital! but this would be common sense but this is something I still looking for !

Kurt | 25 April 2019 - 16:57:13

Talking about Chalong hospital, was that not opening this month April?  Comparing with the short construction/building time of Dibuk hospital, Chalong hospital construction time likes to be glued to that of Chalong underpass.

Kurt | 25 April 2019 - 16:45:25

Chalong Underpass construction is already causing 3.5 years traffic delay. Another extra 6 weeks to add will be not a problem. We can hang in! Wonder or the traffic from Phuket town still able to drive into Soi Anusorn ( just north in front of going in/going out traffic from Underpass). If so, than that becomes a dangerous junction. Lucky a hospital is beside it.

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