Phahonyothin Closures Back On, Begin Monday

The Italian-Thai Development PCL breaks ground on construction of the Green Line on Oct. 16 in Bangkok. Photo: MRT Green Line (North) Project / Facebook

BANGKOK — Plans to partially close Phahonyothin Road near CentralPlaza Lardprao for three years – aborted at the last minute one month ago following a public outcry – are back on and set to begin Monday.

Officials today said the busy arterial road would be affected from Monday until the construction of the Green Line Skytrain extension finishes in about three years, but agreed to leave it fully open Dec. 29 to Jan. 3 as a holiday concession.

Starting Monday, the innermost outbound lane from Phahonyothin 22 to the Tesco Lotus mall will be closed 10pm to 5am for one week. The inner, inbound lane along the same stretch the same distance will be closed from 10pm on Jan. 3 until Jan. 14.

Full construction will be underway Jan.14, when barriers will be installed blocking the outermost lanes in both directions until the station foundations are completed, which the government agency hopes will be in February 2019.

The revised schedule came out today after the plan was abruptly postponed on Nov.16 just four hours before it was to begin.


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