Pattaya officials say roadwork that has turned Beach Road into a heavy construction zone during high season will complete by February 13, 2020.
Speaking to the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association at the Dec. 18 meeting at the Green Park Resort, Deputy City Manager Worapot Pongpalee urged business leaders to be patient, arguing that the long-term benefit of better flood-drainage will be worth the current inconvenience.
Pattaya began ripping up Beach Road this summer to lay larger flood-drainage pipelines, culverts and sewer grates to handle the torrents of water that flow from higher ground to the beach, wiping out huge tracts of the rebuilt sand base.
Worapot said city hall has met regularly with affected business owners and has adjusted work schedules when necessary to avoid major problems.
PBTA members expressed their frustration over the slow work that not only aggravates tourists, but shows the city in the worst-possible light at the worst-possible time.
However, all sides agreed that the work was needed overall.
The Pattaya News notes that this is only the Beach Road section of construction that is expected to be done by February, many other projects throughout the city are expected to last until mid summer of next year.
After this work is completed there is a strong chance that work on a proposed tram or monorail system could begin in the city and cause even more traffic issues in the years to come in the short term.
Some material sourced from Pattaya Mail.