On May 26th 2010, at Phrapitak Grand Ballroom, Metropole Phuket Hotel, Teerayuth Aiumtrakul, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over the 2nd presentation about flyover or tunnel traffic solutions, result of a survey and design detail of flyovers or tunnels to solve traffic problems at the Thai Nan Intersection near Central Festival, presented by Thai Engineering Consultant Co. Ltd and T.E.C. International Co. Ltd. There were related officials, private sector representatives and locals attending the presentation.
Sombat Charoenpat, the Chief Engineer of the Department of Highways, said that the main road no. 402 (By pass road) is an important road in Phuket. Both the intersections on road no.402 in front of Tesco Lotus Department Store, and the intersection on road no.402 with road no.4020 in front of Thai Nan restaurant have been facing serious traffic jams, especially during rush hours.
Consequently, Phuket Provincial Government had requested a budget from the Ministry of Transportation to construct flyover or tunnels at the mentioned points since they led to Phuket’s famous tourist attractions.
Kasem Sriwaranan, the Director of Survey and Design Office, Department of Highways, said that after surveying the area and studying about engineering, economic and environment aspects, the appropriate solution for the Tesco Lotus Intersection was a tunnel constructed on road no.402 and a flyover bridge constructed on Yaowaraj road crossing the tunnel.
Meanwhile at Thai Nan intersection, there should be a tunnel on road no.402 only (not flyover). The constructing budget was 400 million baht per intersection, but it might be up to 500 – 600 million baht for a longer tunnel at Tesco Lotus intersection.
At the end of the meeting, those present agreed with the presentation and mentioned that there should be studies about possibilities to build flyovers or tunnels at other intersections including Bang Koo (near Toyota showroom), Naka Temple (near Weekend Market) and Chalong Circle as well.