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Efforts are being made to improve Phuket's traffic snarls

Second Phuket City-Airport Artery Road Planned

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
THE GOVERNOR of Phuket, Wichai Praisa-Ngob, will be overseeing a ceremony shortly to celebrate the first 100 years of the island's travelling artery, Thepkasattri Road.

Then he will plunge ahead with a bold plan to create a second highway linking Phuket City to Phuket International Airport.

One hundred monks will gather at the Heroines' Monument next Monday to celebrate the centenary.

They will ask locals for alms and food to help the residents of the troubled deep south provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

Sceptics may say that Thepkasattri Road has been under construction for a century and should be complete in about 100 more years.

If the governor has his way, his 12 months in office will be remembered for stirring the creation of a second highway, on the Cherng Talay side of the existing road.

Governor Praisa-Ngob has expertise and many years' experience in looking at land issues of the kind that have prevented the second highway concept being put into action, until now.

He told Phuketwan ''A second highway is possible and I have been studying the issue in detail. It can be done.

''The second road was proposed 20 years ago, and now I am sure it is something that can be achieved.''

The governor has made infrastructure - roads, water and power - the top three items on his ''to do'' list.

The second road would relieve congestion and delays. The governor has already made plain his preference to build bridges and perhaps a flyover or two.

With the current main artery named after one of the fighting Heroines who saved Phuket from Burmese invaders, it's a fair bet that the other will be named after second sister Srisunthorn.

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I like the picture with this news. ^^

Posted by Dear on April 21, 2009 18:34


I may not be a road expert but wouldn't it make more sense to set up a real, effective public transport system instead? Building more roads will not solve the more pressing problems of safety, pollution and destruction of Phuket's nature.

Posted by SC on April 21, 2009 20:47

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