Roundabout to be latest attempt to fix dangerous Jomtien intersection

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After the installation of barriers on at the Bunkanchanaram intersection on Jomtien Second Road only made traffic worse, city hall decided to turn the dangerous junction into a roundabout to try and finally make it both safe and efficient.

City councilmen Thongchai Ardzong and Praiwan Arromchuen said Aug. 12 that a 15-meter-wide traffic circle was set up on a test basis, allowing vehicles from four directions to traverse the intersection more slowly and safely.

A roundabout was recently installed in the center of the Bunkanchanaram intersection with Pattaya Second Road, hoping to ease traffic and make the road safer.A roundabout was recently installed in the center of the Bunkanchanaram intersection with Pattaya Second Road, hoping to ease traffic and make the road safer.

The move came after Chaiwat Kanthang Co. in July installed cement barriers to prevent traffic from crossing Soi Wat Bunkanchanaram to Jomtien Beach and Sukhumvit Road. Two lanes heading to downtown Pattaya and Sattahip remained open.

But the barriers actually made traffic worse and more large vehicles were seen barreling through the junction as they knew there was no cross-traffic.

Traffic lights at the intersection with Jomtien Second Road been out of order since drainage pipes were first installed more than a year ago. The result has been serious traffic problems as it linked Sukhumvit, Thepprasit and Chaiyapruek roads to Jomtien Beach Road.

Repairs to the traffic lights are expected to begin once the traffic rerouting is complete.