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There goes the neighborhood: holey moley on Patong Hill, October 2011

Phuket's Patong Hill Bill Will Fill a 20 Million Baht Hole

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A Brief History of Patong Hill Holes, Above

PHUKET: The chronic landslip that has left Phuket motorists needing to make a small detour on Patong Hill is to be repaired - but the permanent fix will cost 20 million baht.

Meanwhile, workers are already on the way to completing the temporary repair at the more reasonable cost of 300,000 baht.

Chicken wire stuffed with concrete will underpin the road for now until the whole hillside gets propped up in the long-term repair job.

The Director of the Highways Department of Phuket, Samak Luedwonghad, said today that the 20 million baht budget had been granted for the unpopular Patong Hell hole. Sorry, Hill hole.

Tenders are to be called on November 1, Khun Samak said.

Then it will just be a matter of time before Phuket motorists can return to using both lanes heading east from Patong towards Phuket City.

The Patong Hill road has a history of springing holes - see the photos above - but so far this monsoon season, no new ones have appeared.

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Is that just another Band Aid for the hill road. If the Road was created properly to begin with with concrete wall shoring, there would not be all these land slips. Every time there is a new construction project they undermine the land without creating a wall to hold back the earth.
Phuket should require and demand modern building practices when it involves the roadways. Make the Project Contractor pay like they do in the rest of the world.

Posted by John on October 2, 2012 23:22

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The first thing they need to do is to stop all those huge buses and trucks from using that road. It is only by the Grace of God that someone hasn't been killed on that hill which seems to be disintegrating while the authorities do nothing to stop the rot.

Posted by Lomax on October 3, 2012 02:35

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mother nature dont want us to visit that terrible place with all the flesh-trade

so leave it alone!!

Posted by Kirka on October 3, 2012 15:02

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"Tenders are to be called on November 1, Khun Samak said. "

Let's hope they don't simply go for the cheapest fix.

Posted by Buster on October 3, 2012 15:40

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"The Patong Hill road has a history of springing holes - see the photos above - but so far this monsoon season, no new ones have appeared."

I do believe that the first pic in thumbnails above of a hole in the road was a new one this season....

Posted by davidj949 on October 3, 2012 22:28

Editor Comment:

No, those are photos from 2009-2011.

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No sir...i believe that that first pic is from this very site only a couple of months ago...2012...

Posted by davidj949 on October 4, 2012 08:21

Editor Comment:

Yes, you're right, davidj949. It's the relatively new August 2012 hole. My mistake.


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