By Prapaporn Jitmaneeyaphan in the Phuket News
New Phuket roads aimed at easing east-west city traffic
PHUKET: Governor Maitri Inthusut today (January 17) inspected three new road projects aimed at easing traffic between the east and west sides of Phuket Town, and taking some of the load off Chao Fa West Rd and the Central Festival intersection.
The first new piece of road, long awaited, is a low concrete double bridge across the mangroves that line the sides of Klong Koh Phee, in the Saphan Hin area. The bridge, currently under construction, will link the end of Sakdidech Soi 7 and the road next to the Phuket Land Transport Office.
Work on the B176-million, 620-metre-long bridges began at the and of August last year and they will open to traffic on August 20 next year.
The other end of Sakdidetch Soi 7 meets Chao Fah West Rd opposite the Software Park. Here, the T junction is to be turned into a crossroads with a new 763-metre road being built from the Software Park through the Chao Fah Tin Mine to Chao Fah City Rd. The owners of the tin mine, Anuphas, have already donated land for the purpose.
This road, which will have to span a tin mine at the beginning, is expected to cost B70 million.
Land around part of the road has already been leveled, thanks to a B10 million budget allocated in preparation for the Asian Beach Games next year, when the site will be used for the paramotoring competition. The budget for this has yet to be approved.
The third new road, 1.25 kilometres long, is already under construction. It branches off from Chao Fah City Rd, and joins Vichit Songkram Rd opposite Klong Bang Yai Rd. Cost is B9.3 million, as no bridges have to be built. It is expected to be complete at the beginning of April this year.
The Governor noted that 53,000 vehicles a day travel along Chao Fah West Rd between Chalong and the top of the bypass.
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