Long-overdue Second Road repaving begins

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Having deteriorated to the point where it more resembles the surface of the moon than one of Pattaya’s main thoroughfares, Second Road finally is getting repaved.

Long-overdue resurfacing work began Sept. 15 at the south end of the street, with workers closing just a single lane to prevent downtown from going into total gridlock.

Long-overdue resurfacing of Pattaya Second Road finally began Sept. 15 and city hall is optimistic the job will be done by Oct 4.Long-overdue resurfacing of Pattaya Second Road finally began Sept. 15 and city hall is optimistic the job will be done by Oct 4.

Work will be done in 300-meter-long chunks, with each lane dug up, leveled and resurfaced, hopefully with enough reinforcement that the frequent floods that led to the current dilapidation don’t force another repave anytime soon.

Pattaya officials optimistically estimated that contractors Norbrick Co. will have the entire length of Second Road complete by Oct. 4.

Years of standing water, heavy use by tour buses and neglect have turned Pattaya’s main south-north artery into a hilly, pothole-ridden embarrassment. City officials for months have refused to discuss the state of the road, how it got that way or when it would be repaired.

It wasn’t until the city received an undisclosed amount of construction funds from the central government that a repair effort was announced.