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Phuket’s Patong Tunnel to be complete by 2027

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Phuket’s Patong Tunnel to be complete by 2027
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The Patong Tunnel will drill under the infamous hill that just about every tourist has to go over at some stage to get to Patong Beach. The windy road, up and down the hill, has been the scene of hundreds of fatal incidents with motorcycles, cars, trucks, vans and fully-loaded tour buses using the same patch of dangerous road.

Efforts to establish a tunnel under the steep hill have been under discussion for more than 2 decades with countless false starts, environmental assessments, artist renderings and committees formed – all to end, so far.

After all the delays, Thailand’s cabinet has now approved the 14.7 million baht budget to construct the expressway connecting the Kathu district with Patong Beach. This tunnel is expected to help decrease car accidents, offer a quicker and safer route for locals and tourists who want to visit Patong Beach, and support the province as an emergency evacuation when a disaster, like a tsunami, happens.

The 3.98 kilometre expressway, including the 1.85 kilometre tunnel, will have four traffic lanes with one designated for motorbikes. The Expressway Authority of Thailand expected that the project will start in 2023 and finish around July of 2027.

Highway to Patong Beach

SOURCE: Khaosod | Bangkokbiznews


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