Transport Ministry plans 15 million baht Sukhumvit bridge for disabled

Friday, 01 February 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 5 By  Phasakorn Channgam

The Transport Ministry will spend 15 million baht to create a wheelchair-accessible pedestrian bridge over Sukhumvit Road.

Assistant Minister Prasert Janthrawongthong joined Rev. Michael Picharn Jaiseri, president of Father Ray Foundation, and Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh at the Redemptorist School for Disabilities Jan. 24 to inspect the site of the planned elevators and bridge over Sukhumvit near the 145-kilometer marker.

Prasert noted that the school has more than 300 disabled students, many of whom need to traverse the busy highway.  The ministry, thus, plans to fund the first crossover bridge outfitted with elevators in the area to ensure their safety.

The Transport Ministry released blueprints of the planned wheelchair-accessible pedestrian bridge over Sukhumvit Road.The Transport Ministry released blueprints of the planned wheelchair-accessible pedestrian bridge over Sukhumvit Road.

Suporntum Mongkolsawadi, managing director for Thailand’s Association of the Disabled thanked the ministry on behalf of the foundation “for realizing the importance of the disabled who have difficulties while travelling and had organized construction of a crossover bridge.”

The crossover was proposed as part of the planned project to construct a traffic-bypass tunnel under Sukhumvit Road at Central Road. But with that project repeatedly delayed, Transport Ministry officials decided to move forward with the pedestrian bridge.

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