Phuket tunnel, Chiang Mai improvements and new Bangkok expressway route all in pipeline
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Phuket is set to get a "gateway" road tunnel leading to the island's tourist beaches in what authorities are saying will be the first of its kind in Thailand.
The tunnel will help to eliminate accidents that occur on the treacherous hill leading to Patong beach, said Sutthisak Watthanawinit talking to Daily News about the progress in several major road development projects yesterday.
The "Krathu to Patong" road is soon expected to be opened to bidding, said Sutthisak.
But first an environmental impact study must be completed. If it passes the EIA it will be subject to government approval and then bidding.
He said the environmental study was key as the project would include a substantial tunnel that he said was a first of its kind in Thailand. The tunnel would help solve the accident problems associated with the hill and act as a gateway to the provinces many tourist beaches.
In Bangkok tenders to build a new road from Rama 3 - Dao Khanong - the outer Ringroad (west) are expected to begin next month. Sutthisak said he expects building of the new expressway to begin in April or May of
He also spoke of plans being looked into to solve traffic problems with major new arteries in Chiang Mai. Studies are being conducted for roads that would better connect the airport and outlying districts with the downtown area.
He said that initial decisions regarding improvements in Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen would likely be made in October. Details regarding Khon Kaen were not reported by Daily News.
Much of the activity in Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen concerns exactly what level of funding will be shouldered by the government and the private sector.
Source: Daily News
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