On 24th April 2013, the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) held a public meeting at the conference room of Phuket’s Metropole Hotel regarding the Patong Tunnel. The meeting was presided over by EXAT Governor – Mr Aiyanat Tinarpai and saw a large number of residents and local public & private agencies in attendance.
Mr Aiyanat said “The Patong Tunnel Project is required to solve the traffic problems between Phuket Town and Patong , Phuket’s most popular beach. The Ministry of Transport has assigned EXAT to develop the project and research about the design and engineering of the tunnel, and also the economic & environmental impact. The plan calls for the carving a pair of tunnels, each 3.07km long – one for traffic in each direction. In addition, each tunnel would have a special lane for motorcycles and an evacuation port in case of a tsunami.
็The mostly likely conclusion will call for the construction of the tunnels to start from near APK Resort and Spa on Pang-Muang, Soi Kor Road in Kathu district, running to the end of the Road No 4029, a two-lane road which is currently the only road into Patong from the direction of Kathu, and already has heavy traffic. The project would replace a 14km trip along a winding and sometimes dangerous road, whose tight curves through the Nark Kerd hills have caused numerous traffic accidents. Current estimates call for a 6 billion baht investment to fund the tunnels. The price of to pass through the tunnel will be about 20-50 baht per tri and 10-20 baht for a motorcycle “he added.