Contractors have been given seven hundred and eighty days to construct two new underpasses, one at Bang Khu and the other under Chalong Circle.
No date has been given for commencement of the projects but it has been determined that ‘Italian Development PCL’ will build the Bang Khu underpass while ‘Civil Engineering Co Ltd’ will be in charge of the Chalong tunnel.
The budget for the entire project will be close to one billion baht, with six hundred million baht being allocated to the Bang Khu underpass and ﬁve hundred million baht going to the Chalong circle tunnel. Even though both projects have passed their Environmental Assessment reports, plans have not yet been ﬁnalised due to ﬁnishing touches that need to be made to the ﬁnal drawings. Both companies now have one month to submit their ﬁnal plans to the Phuket Governor, Nisit Jansomwong. The plans for both projects are much more intricate than the usual tunnel projects.
The Bang Khu project requires roadworks covering 2.2 kilometers and the Chalong Circle underpass requires two three meter wide lanes in both directions. The most recent reports suggest that the Bang Khu underpass will have two lanes stretching seven hundred and ninety metres in length and the Chalong circle tunnel will be seven hundred and ﬁfty metres long.
The deputy minister of transport expected all steps of the projects to be completed by the end of June. During his visit in May he announced that two hundred million baht had also been set aside for a U-turn ﬂyover at Koh Kaew and another ﬂyover close to the turnoff to Phuket International airport. The purpose of these ventures is to reduce trafﬁc congestion on Thepkrassatri Rd.