Pedestrian bridge for Srisuvit School sought

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Banglamung officials are asking for a new pedestrian bridge over Sukhumvit Road near Srisuvit School.
Banglamung officials are asking for a new pedestrian bridge over Sukhumvit Road near Srisuvit School.

Banglamung officials have asked the Royal Thai Police to pick up the tab for a new pedestrian bridge over Su­khumvit Road near Srisuvit School.

District Chief Naris Niramaiwong met with RTP social welfare chief Pol. Col. Samrerng Songsieng June 27, pointing out the overpass would also be located right by the Pattaya-area police barracks, which Samrerng oversees.

Naris asked for the police department’s support and funding for the bridge, which has been estimated to cost 6 million baht to construct.

Sretsak Faklit, president of the Rong Poh Community, where the overpass would be located, said this was not the first time residents have requested that the government build a walkway over busy Sukhumvit Road, but previous requests only made it to the consideration stage.

Naris said the previous request was approved, but disbursement of funds remained pending due to lack of feedback from the school and police department.

Samrerng said he had no problems with contributing to the project, but there remained an obstacle the school had to address: a gas station between the school and the planned bridge. Vehicles running in and out of the station posed a danger to students as well.

Once the school devises a solution to traffic management, the project can be submitted to the Highway Department for final approval.