Pattaya posts warning sign on damaged Koh Larn bridge

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Tourists walk over the dilapidated pedestrian bridge at Koh Larn’s Tien Beach.
Tourists walk over the dilapidated pedestrian bridge at Koh Larn’s Tien Beach.

Pattaya – After years of neglect, Pattaya finally posted a sign warning tourists that a busy Koh Larn beach is hazardously damaged.

The sign at the Tien Beach Bridge was spotted July 26, 11 days after Pattaya officials announced they had requested 4.5 million baht to repair the structure next year. That budget announcement came three weeks after complaints and publicized reports showed the bridge was near collapse due to neglect.

The budget request still must be approved by the Pattaya City Council Aug. 5.

Locals at the third-most-popular beach on the island said there have been no lights on the bridge for a decade and, now, neglect has caused the very foundation of the four-meter-high bridge over a shoreline of rocks to degrade.

About half the 500-meter span has no railing, the steel posts and foundation are rusted and various parts and joints are missing. The bridge could collapse at any time, residents fear.