The traffic problems being encountered at Sakdidej Road, Chao Fah Road through to Phuket Vacational College Intersection are chronic, and have been for long time. To eliminate these problems, the new Klong Koh Pee Road was proposed, and work commenced about 1 month ago. However, a large number of Phuket residents are waiting to this road to reduce their travel times, and prior to work commencing they were inconvenienced by difficulties in the road’s construction and also in relevant agencies obtaining the required environmental permits.
Yesterday, 3rd April 2014, the Phuketindex News Team went to the affected areas to inspect the progress of the construction Klong Koh Pee Road, the current route of which has reported as a problem for more than 15 years.
We begun by visiting the area around Phuket Vocational College, close to Chalermprakiat Phuket School, this area is now blocked off from public view, but behind the fencing work on the road is in progress, Piling is being carried out to set the deep foundation for the construction work, and the base structure of the road is being worked on, at present, the work being completed as indicated in the contract.
The on-site engineer from Rushtin Company, the contractors assigned for the work told us “Previously construction of the road was delayed due to installation problems. Then the environmental impact report stated that we must have as minimal affect on the areas mangrove forests; however, this was later changed and it was approved that construction could take place on the mangrove area. A contract was signed in August 30th 2013, and the contract stated that construction will be completed by August 20, 2015. It has been estimated that construction of the road will take about 720 days, and will use a budget, allocated by the Department of Rural Highway, of 176.6 million baht”
Once complete, the new road, built as a bridge, will be 700 meters in length and will have 2 3m lanes on either side, with an 8.5m gap between to allow for lighting. There will also be a 1.9m path on either side.