Bali Hai, North Road next for cable-burying project

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With six weeks of work left on Central Road, Pattaya officials have begun working on burying utility lines at Bali Hai Pier and under North Road.
With six weeks of work left on Central Road, Pattaya officials have begun working on burying utility lines at Bali Hai Pier and under North Road.

With six weeks of work left on Central Road, Pattaya officials have begun working on burying utility lines at Bali Hai Pier and under North Road.

The Provincial Electricity Authority project to move power, cable television, internet and telephone lines underground on Central Road is scheduled for completion before Oct. 31. But it’s only the first of many phases of a much-larger project.

Similar work is already underway around Bali Hai Pier, where roads were already dug up for renovation and resurfacing in preparation for November’s international fleet show. That cable job is expected to wrap by Oct. 10.

The next major project will see North Road ripped up at the peak of high season, City Councilman Sriviset Rodarun said at a Sept. 11 meeting.

The 157-million-baht North Road project, which will run to the Dolphin Roundabout, is part of the PEA’s 3-billion-baht overhaul of Pattaya’s electrical system, which in turn is part of the an 11.7-billion-baht upgrade of its infrastructure here, in Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Nakhon Ratchasima by 2021.

In all, 46 kilometers of overhead wiring will be moved below ground. The North Road section, which should see roads ripped up in December, will span 1.8 kilometers.

Three different voltage systems will be installed: A 115-kilovolt system will be installed under the road from the beginning of North Road at Sukhumvit Road to the future Terminal 21 shopping mall.

A 22 KV Systems will be installed under the traffic island on North Road along the full two kilometers of the thoroughfare. And a low-voltage electricity-distribution system will be laid under the sidewalks to connect homes and commercial building on both sides of North Road.