‘You damaged it. We repaired it’ road-fixing Sriracha merchants tell negligent Sriracha officials

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Sick of waiting for the Sriracha government to perform one of its most-basic tasks – repair the roads – merchants and residents near the Night Market Square filled in potholes themselves, snidely leaving behind a sign reading, “You damaged it. We repaired it.”

Locals are blaming both public officials and owners of a 23-story condominium project for the sad state of the road behind Night Market Square. Since construction began, builders have dumped rocks and garbage on the road and allowed wastewater to drain from the site unabated.

Volunteers repair the damage done by local construction and ignored by city officials. Volunteers repair the damage done by local construction and ignored by city officials.

The abuse and standing water have destroyed the road surface, leaving behind large potholes and created treacherous walking conditions for shoppers. Despite complaints to both Sriracha district and Chonburi provincial officials, no action has been taken against the moneyed condo owners or to repair the road, merchants complained.

Sriracha Night Square Co., feeling it was losing customers, finally decided to take matters into its own hands. The company purchased concrete, stone and other construction materials, then recruited volunteers to fix the soi.

The makeshift workers wanted those in power to know, however, that their inaction was noted: “You damaged it. We repaired it” was the sign they left behind.