Jomtien Beach Road will reopen by the weekend with underground pipe repairs aimed at preventing another collapse.
Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome on Sept. 14 checked the progress of the roadwork in front of the Jomtien Palace hotel, which subsided after the road’s foundation washed away in the Sept. 8 storm.
Sonthaya said 194 millimeters of rain fell that morning, the most in 10 years. A massive amount of water washed through drainage pipes from Jomtien Second Road and Bung Nong Pong rushed toward the beach.
Under the pressure, a joint near a box culvert under Beach Road broke and the torrent of runoff washed away the road’s foundation, Sonthaya said.
City workers have repaired the pipe and reinforced it with concrete. Meanwhile, roadwork is continuing with foundation soil added back and compressed under the road. Then the subsided portion will be repaved with concrete.
The work should be complete by the weekend, the mayor said.