Wheelchair bridge project delayed until April

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Originally estimated to be completed in April, construction of a new wheelchair-accessible pedestrian bridge over Sukhumvit Road now will begin that month.

An artist’s sketch of what one side of the pedestrian bridge might look like once completed.
An artist’s sketch of what one side of the pedestrian bridge might look like once completed.

Tithiwat Anuruthikul, head of operations for the Central Road bypass tunnel project, said Feb. 28 that work on the overpass near the Redemptorist Vocational School for Persons with Disabilities now will not begin until after the tunnel opens.

Delayed from its February opening, it is now hoped the tunnel will begin service on Songkran Day, April 13, a Thursday and the start of a five-day holiday weekend that will see some of Pattaya’s highest traffic levels of the year.

He said preliminary work on the long-delayed footbridge already has begun, covering architecture, water management, electricity and other utilities that must be moved.

However, planning the actual building of the bridge and its associated budget will take 60 days, Tithiwat said.

Tithiwat said construction will take approximately six months.