With the intersection under the Highway 7 overpass in North Pattaya closed for the foreseeable future, Pattaya officials plan to create a U-turn lane to relieve congestion on Sukhumvit Road at the entrance to Siam Country Club intersection near Central Pattaya Road.
Anuwat Thongkham, head of the city’s traffic engineering department, said that the intersection on Highway 3 (Sukhumvit Road) comes under the jurisdiction of the Highways Department. “We are waiting for their budget to be approved so that they can integrate their automated traffic control system with those of the city.”
Pattaya officials plan to create a U-turn lane just past the end of the highway to relieve congestion on Sukhumvit Road caused by the northbound intersection under the Highway 7 overpass in North Pattaya being closed.
“Without proper signals, city officials have kept the junction closed for safety reasons,” he said.
That, however, has created tremendous traffic backups as drivers exit the highway onto Sukhumvit and have no way to reach neighborhoods north other than to turn around at the intersection just before Central Pattaya Road.
Anuwat said the new plan is to put in a U-turn on Sukhumvit Road just past the end of the highway until the city gets around to releasing funds for the traffic lights.