Rumor has it that the Pattaya underpass is finally nearing completion. After years of planning and construction, February 2017 has been earmarked as the completion date.
It’s about time if you ask me; traffic on Sukhumvit Road has been a nightmare ever since they started, however, there are still a few questions that are yet to be answered.
Will it actually help the flow of traffic? Pattaya’s traffic seems to get gradually worse every year. They keep on expanding the city with new businesses, which is great, but they fail to address the infrastructure to cater for the extra tourists that the new businesses attract. The underpass is one of the first steps towards this, so we can only wait and see how much of an effect it will have.
Then there is the problem of flooding. It doesn’t take long for Sukhumvit road to flood after a bit of heavy rain, and the traffic often gets brought to a standstill. I have seen, on several occasions, cars and motorbikes stranded in the middle of the road. Hopefully they have thought about this and put the correct drainage systems in place; otherwise we could end up with a river flowing through the underpass instead of cars.
Finally, the big one! Will it actually be completed in February? I’m sure most of you have your doubts, and based on past experiences, rightly so, but let’s all keep our fingers crossed for this one.