Officials have announced phase 1 of the construction on the flood system along Pattaya Beach Road is now 10% complete and predict a section of the thoroughfare around Soi 13/3 and Soi 13 will be open within a few weeks.
However, the southern section of the project is currently on hold due to the 20,000-volt high voltage electric cabinet near the entrance of Walking Street. With the area being a community zone with high vehicle and foot traffic, the Provincial Electric Authority will be required to move the cabinet before construction can resume.
Construction is still scheduled to be completed in February. Critics on Thai social media continue to express their frustration at so many different road works and closures and projects taking place at the same time.
The city responded by saying they have the budget and have to use it and despite the temporary pain the long term benefits for the city will outweigh the negative short term traffic issues. Officially City Hall has suggested to not drive in Pattaya proper and use motorbikes or motorbike taxis during the roadworks.
At this point the construction will continue right through the busiest time of year, with many sections of Beach Road likely being dug up and closed during high season.
Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome has instructed the Pattaya City Provincial Electric Authority, Provincial Waterworks Authority Pattaya Branch, and communication cabling systems to expedite their work.
Meanwhile, local residents doubt that the work will be finished in February with it only 10 percent done at this time.