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How the three-lane section would look at the Patong-Chalong crest

Chalong to Patong Road to Cost 219.5m Baht

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
PHUKET: A route has been chosen for a time-saving road between Patong and Chalong in Phuket's south but a request for funding has yet to be presented to Cabinet.

TransConsult experts explained their choice of route from four options and estimated the cost of a difficult construction at 219.5 million baht.

But a meeting chaired by Phuket Governor Maitree Intrusud at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City also heard the route would have negatives as well as positives.

Carving the road up to 250 metres across the Nakkerd Hills between the Luang Pu Supa Temple in Chalong and Harsipbee Road in Patong would save commuters and tourists up to 30 minutes in travelling time.

At present, the choices are much longer routes through Chalong Circle via Kata-Karon or through Phuket City.

But a quality roadway, with a three-lane passing section at the crest of the hill, good lighting and concrete buttresses to prevent landslips would also have environmental and social effects, the meeting heard.

A total of 117 different kinds of protected animals, including four at-risk species, made their homes in the Phuket hills, the governor was told.

Road building through the natural area would create pollution and permanent habitat divisions through a wild, natural area.

Development was likely along the roadway and there would also be unknown social consequences in opening up Phuket's south to rapid transport from Phuket's west coast.

About 20 percent of residents polled in both Chalong and Patong opposed the roadway, according to a TransConsult survey.

One of Governor Maitree's predecessors, Governor Wichai Praisa-ngob, was keen to establish the route as well as a second highway between Phuket City and the airport to solve Phuket's traffic woes.

Talks have been going on since 2010.

A Roads Department representative suggested yesterday that Governor Maitree sign the paperwork for presentation to Cabinet. Governor Maitree felt it was a project that the Roads Department should support.

TransConsult Executive Director Banpote Jaroensathayatam, Engineering Department Manager Anon Sakburanaphet and Environmental Specialist Rungrtip Krutnoi attended yesterday's meeting.

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Great idea and way cheaper than the tunnel project that has been forced on patongs residents, this combined with a well maintained revamped patong hill road would cost way less and be far less dangerous than the building of the tunnels.

Posted by Scunner on June 18, 2013 09:18

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Finally, some sense. The negatives listed are pretty lame IMO.

Posted by GiantFan on June 18, 2013 10:16

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I know photographs can be deceptive with perspective, but looking at the steepness of the road, I do hope that a very big safety area is allowed for trucks and tour buses that come down hill without brakes?

Posted by Robin on June 18, 2013 11:23

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All you who are posting positive here obviously dont understand the plan.
This road will start and stop on Na Nai RD
The existing road at this point is indeed very,very steep and where it comes on Na Nai is to a tee intersection near a bend in the road with small bridge and no run-off area at all for the regular "brake failure" heavy vehicals to escape to.
Just another ill conceived attempt to alleviate the local traffic chaos. In a word "crazy."

Posted by mal on June 18, 2013 12:21

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The local government wants to build all these new routes to Patong, but where do they expect all the traffic to go once it arrives in Patong? Where to park all those extra vehicles?

How about some public transportation?

Once again, the authorities will make sure to things in the worst way possible. Maybe they can even add some more huge unmarked holes in the road to make the rainy season more adventurous for us all.

Posted by BigP on June 18, 2013 12:46

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@ mal. If the road is that steep as you say it is, maybe for the better, no trucks, buses or mini vans will be able to drive up the road. Will be a hang of a laugh in a tsunami evacuation... not an escape route for vehicles.

Posted by Robin on June 18, 2013 15:09

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Harsipbee Road i think you mean
Hasibpee road

Posted by FS on June 18, 2013 16:01


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