Phuket Traffic Tunnel Now Operational


Tourism is one of the major reason why Thailand is the way it is now. With the rise in the number of tourists especially those visiting Phuket, more accommodations are opening up including which is one of the most affordable options for travellers. Aside from the construction of accommodations, the island of Phuket is also improving its infrastructures in order to better serve the locals and tourists that are pulling its economy up.

One of the most recent developments is the new traffic tunnel which was constructed within the resort island’s busy intersection. The government spent around 546 million baht for the project to be completed.

During the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the tunnel, Prayut Chan-o-cha who is the current Prime Minister of Thailand was there as the presiding official. He attended the event alongside AnupongPaochinda who is the Interior Minister and ApisakTantivorawong, the Finance Minister of the country. A number of government officials were also present during the opening.

The junction tunnel is called the Chalong underpass and it spans 730 meters. It is situated in the intersection of TambonRawai in the district of Muang where a number of roads meet including Tessaban Road and Highways 4021, 4028 and 4024. The main reason why it was constructed is to help reduce the traffic jam in the area which surpasses 100,000 automobiles every day. Furthermore, the location is the gateway of the tourists who are planning to visit the most common attractions in the area like Karon beach, Laem Prom Thep and Kata beach.

The construction started four years ago on the month of July and on the 31st of May 2019 it was officially opened to the public. The tunnel has a wall that resembles a diaphragm with a width between 9.5 meters and 10.5 meters while the height is 5.5 meters. The tunnel is two-way with provided single lane for each that measures 3.5 meters to 4 meters.

The tunnel’s interior is decorated with artworks showing the history and culture in Phuket. Tourists that are booking through should visit this new tunnel in order to better appreciate the island’s way of life.