Traffic-management plans laid for tunnel-construction zone

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One-way streets come to East Pattaya

Pattaya and regional police, and the Department of Rural Roads agreed on a traffic-management system aimed at relieving the inevitable worsening congestion on Sukhumvit Road while a traffic-bypass tunnel is built at the Central Road intersection over the next three years.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, police chiefs from Pattaya and Chonburi, and Rural Roads Department officials signed the agreement Jan. 20.

(Seated, L to R) Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Pol. Col. Pisit Proirungrot, deputy commander of Chonburi Provincial Police (acting for the commander of Chonburi Provincial Police), and Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang, superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, co-sign the agreement.(Seated, L to R) Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Pol. Col. Pisit Proirungrot, deputy commander of Chonburi Provincial Police (acting for the commander of Chonburi Provincial Police), and Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang, superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, co-sign the agreement.

Five meters – 1 and a half lanes – bordering Sukhumvit’s center median will be closed to traffic from the Boonthavorn shop to Soi Wat Boonsampan in the initial stage of construction. Parking will be banned in the construction zone while work is in progress and traffic from North Pattaya and Highway 7 cannot turn right on to Central Pattaya Road. Likewise, traffic from South Pattaya will be bared from turning right onto Pornprapanimit Road.

The prohibitions were put in place to force drivers to use railway road instead.

For Soi Nernplabwan and So Pornprapanimit, traffic lanes on each street will be made one-way, going eastbound. One-way traffic westbound will be enforced on Soi Wat Boonsampan and Soi Khao Talo.