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The Phuket underpass at Central Festival as it should look come 2014

Phuket Underpass On Schedule but Phuket Overpass Back to Drawing Board

Saturday, April 20, 2013
PHUKET: As Phuket's underpasses go ahead, an overpass to save a mangrove forest is going back to the drawing board, literally.

No tenderers have applied for the contract to build the 170 million baht flyover to link Bangyai Road to Sakdiddet Road, opening access to Saphan Hin park from southern Phuket.

Governor Maitree Intusut noted the progress of Phuket's first major underpass at the Central Festival intersection this week . . . and the lack of progress on the overpass.

After years of controversy about saving the mangroves, Phuket won the budget to build the 600-metre overpass.

But there have so far been no applicants for the job, Governor Maitree told a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City.

''Construction firms say the budget is too low for the job and quality could be compromised,'' the governor said.

So it's back to the drawing board. Governor Maitree noted that the overpass has bicycle lanes - a wonderful idea with so many school activities held in Saphan Hin park.

New designs are expected to be drawn up. The new road would help to ease congestion around Phuket City's southern approaches.

Meanwhile, work on the underpass is expected to be finished by October, 2014 with work also due to begin on the Samkong underpass at the Tesco Lotus and bypass road intersection in June.

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Not enough grease so the project will not slip head. 283 thousand baht per meter is too low? Profit is profit and at that cost surely quality would not be compromised. Maybe local construction companies need to stop thinking Gov't contracts are 'golden'.

Posted by Mister Ree on April 20, 2013 11:02


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