Pattaya officials have promised to open a new Sukhumvit Road U-turn after signals and landscape improvements have been added.
The U-turn, near the Makro warehouse store in South Pattaya, was constructed with a million-baht budget after another turnabout 300 meters away was closed due to numerous accidents there. Area residents complained that the replacement should have opened when the other closed.
Instead, safety had been made worse, with drivers turning into Makro’s parking lot in order to turn around.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and local officials inspect an unopened U-turn that they promise will “open soon”.
City officials apologized for the delay, but said they could not open the new U-turn until a large tree on the center island is removed and signaling equipment put in to warn drivers the U-turn is ahead.
Officials also said traffic police would be stationed at the new U-turn to familiarize drivers with the new roadway feature.