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.