Na Ranong: Bangkok Governor Urges Completion of Overpass

The Bangkok governor, Chadchart Sittipunt, has urgently directed contractors to finalize the new Na Ranong intersection overpass in Klong Toey district by Thursday, following the discovery that large portions of the project are still incomplete.

During a live and publicized visit shared on his Facebook page, the governor inquired from the labour force if they anticipated a timely completion, observing that numerous parts of the overpass were considerably distant from being operational.

Governor Chadchart instructed the on-site crew to accelerate their progress, indicating areas that were still unfinished, and encouraged them to work around the clock to meet the deadline.

In 2018, the Department of Public Works entered into a contract with Sahakarn Wisavakorn Co Ltd, which indicated the overpass was slated for completion in 2021. Construction commenced in 2018 with a budget allocation of 1.47 billion baht.

An informant stated that the Bangkok governor showed concern about the issue on June 5 of the previous year, in response to a series of complaints about the delayed completion due to a technical problem and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The newly built four-lane overpass will provide a connection from the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre to the Ratchadaphisek Road, crossing the Na Ranong intersection and extending to Nonsiwitthaya School.

Drivers have also raised concerns about potholes near the railway tracks on the road. Mr Chadchart has delegated his deputy, Wisanu Subsompon, with the responsibility of ensuring the State Railway of Thailand rectifies them.