Sukhumvit pedestrian bridge safe, deputy mayor assures

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Pattaya officials reassured the public that a temporary pedestrian crossing built over Sukhumvit Road near Pattaya School No. 5 is sturdy enough to handle nine metric tons of foot traffic.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh addressed public fears and complaints March 5, saying residents assertions that the crossing was unsafe were completely off-base. The pedestrian crossing passed inspection and certification by the Department of Highways and is certified to bear a load of 9,000 kilograms.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh has reassured the public that a temporary pedestrian crossing built over Sukhumvit Road near Pattaya School No. 5 is safe.

Locals have complained to city hall and posted online that the new overpass seemed rickety and would shake when approaching the center. They also were worried by signs placed at each end saying the maximum load was 150 kilograms.

Ronakit explained that the signs were worded confusingly, and the 150 kg. limit is per square meter, not for the entire 42-meter span.

The temporary overpass will be used until October when a permanent bridge will open.

The overpass was part of the overall 850-million-baht Central Road bypass tunnel project, which Ronakit said is now 37 percent complete. He said the project is on schedule and the tunnel could be open for use by January 2017.