2-way traffic for Second Road on table again as Pattaya mulls traffic fixes

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Pattaya is again considering making Second Road a two-way street as part of an overall review of downtown traffic management.

Acting Mayor Chanapong Sriviset chaired the sweeping Sept. 8 meeting where all facets of Pattaya’s traffic problems were brought up, including vehicle speed, pedestrian safety, shopping mall access, baht buses and motorcycle taxi services, and pollution.

Acting Mayor Chanapong Sriviset chairs a recent meeting where all facets of Pattaya’s traffic problems were brought up.
Acting Mayor Chanapong Sriviset chairs a recent meeting where all facets of Pattaya’s traffic problems were brought up.

The most controversial proposal, however, will be the suggestion to change the current one-way traffic-flow systems on Beach and Second Roads.

Options under considering are reversing the current traffic flow – so vehicles move north on Beach Road and South on Second Road; making Second Road two-way traffic in its entirety; or making only part of either street two-way.

The Research and Development Center for Traffic and Transport at King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi has been hired to study the different options.

No cost for the study or timeline for its completion was disclosed.

The consultants also were tasked with again answering the question of whether a traffic signal needs to be installed at the Dolphin Roundabout, as well as look at traffic management around Wat Boonkanjanaram on Jomtien Second Road, parking of big buses on Pratamnak Chalerm­prakiat and Beach roads; taxi parking and directional signs.