This past week’s four days of traffic detours on Sukhumvit Road were only a dress rehearsal to a much-longer detour along the region’s main artery later in August.
In order to install large drainage pipes as part of work to dig the Sukhumvit-Central roads bypass tunnel, the southbound side of Sukhumvit will be closed Aug. 17-30 for 300 meters near Soi Siam Country club and a detour route opened.
The detour will run from the Redemptorist Vocational School for Persons with Disabilities at Sukhumvit Soi 34/1 and run to the Pattaya Pawn Shop at Soi Siam Country Club.
Drivers could also take a shortcut through Numchai electronics store parking lot to avoid the detour or proceed to Soi Nernplabwan.
Traffic along Sukhumvit was redirected in July, then reopened, but the detour will return in the same spot Aug. 17-30.
Sukhumvit was closed July 21-24 to allow smaller connector pipes to be laid across the thoroughfare. The August job will be to install larger main lines.
Pattaya will erect signs along the route from the junction of Highway 7 and at the beginning of Soi Siam Country Club to notify drivers of the construction and advise them to use the railway-parallel road instead.