Underpass not ready for Phuket Asian Games

The Phuket Highways Office director has admitted that the underpass at the Darasamuth Intersection will not be ready for the Asian Beach Games next week. He did, however, vow that the underpass, located beside the Central Festival Phuket shopping mall on the bypass road, would be complete by the end of the year.

We expected to finish the underpass by the end of October, but the constructors were unable to meet the deadline because of recent heavy rains, Phuket Highways Office Director Samak Luedwonghad told the Phuket Gazette. According to the contract, the official deadline is March 5 next year. We expect to be done earlier than that, in time for the new year.

Meanwhile, the underpass at the Samkong Intersection, near the Tesco Lotus shopping centre on the bypass road, is about 36 percent complete, with a deadline of June 25 next year. The Tesco underpass is a bit behind, as the contractor had to move power poles and water pipes, Mr. Samak explained. Governor Nisit Jansomwong told the Gazette that the builders would continue working as normal, but called on them to make travel as convenient as possible for motorists. 

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