City delays Asok flyover plans

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra has promised to delay the controversial Asok flyover construction project, but refused to abandon it.

The governor recently met opponents of the project, led by Siam Society president Bilaibhan Sampatisiri.

Ms Bilaibhan gave the governor a list of residents concerned about the environmental impact of the 5-billion-baht project, which encompasses a 9km flyover on top of Asok Montri Road.

Feasibility study reports prepared by consultants concluded the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) should press on with the project, regardless of residents' concerns.

Ms Bilaibhan said the flyover is unlikely to ease traffic problems on the bustling road, but will aggravate environmental problems by preventing engine fumes from dispersing.

She also complained the consultants had falsely implied the project already had BMA approval.

"The BMA should clear the air on this matter," she said.

MR Sukhumbhand insisted the BMA has not approved the project because it requires further deliberation.

Nor has the BMA allocated money for construction, he said.

He insisted work will not begin during his term, which will end in the next three years.

But the governor refused to meet the demands of opponents by scrapping the project, saying more road space will be required to handle a higher number of cars.Bangkok deputy governor Jumpol Sampaongerng said work is a long way off, even assuming the project is approved by the BMA.

Land appropriation, a time-consuming legal process, will be required.

Mr Jumpol has proposed an alternative way for the BMA to solve traffic problems in the Asok area.

He said the city could expand road surfaces from 19 to 29 metres instead.

The deputy governor said the BMA has demarcated the expanded road surfaces in its traffic management plan.

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Discussion 1 : 30/12/2013 at 12:36 PM
Yes geoffo I do live here on soi 19 & I do not agree with the flyover being so long and much better traffic laws would help but I just do not agree with people who do not live here heading up this matter that's was my point as the siam club is part of today problem as is the Hindo temple where they park on three lanes of roads
Discussion 2 : 26/12/2013 at 11:47 AM
The construction of the flyover, is money is some politicians pocket. If there is a traffic jam in Bangkok, it could possibly be caused by the BIB, with their finger on the button.
Discussion 3 : 26/12/2013 at 11:23 AM
This will never happen- when the next governor comes along it'll be quietly scrapped.
Discussion 4 : 26/12/2013 at 10:45 AM
Hopefully, one day, BMA and Thailand as a whole will learn from all the other big cities around the world who have managed to deal with traffic congestion: not by adding more roads which will be filled by more vehicles, but by improving public transport for all, and as a side effect air quality and general quality of life. There is a simple metric for measuring the performance of major routes: vehicles per hour. There comes a point where you can only make very localized and marginal improvements on that figure, drastically improving the number of occupants per vehicle is the next logical step. Proven to work everywhere else.
Discussion 5 : 26/12/2013 at 10:44 AM
I would like to see some computer generated pictures how this elevated street is supposed to look like. I think on Asok there is simply no space for lots of pillars and I don’t know how the street would look like with a gigantic roof (street) over everything. And how should this elevated road look like on each end? On Sukhumvit there is the Skytrain and the Skywalk and the subway is underground. Where should the elevated street go? Above the Skytrain? And where should the up and down ramps go? I think it is just about impossible to create that thing.
Discussion 6 : 26/12/2013 at 10:39 AM
Quite true, also i really don't see how they could expand from 19 to 29m wide in this area while build a new flyover would indeed just obstruct the space.
Discussion 7 : 26/12/2013 at 10:12 AM
@bkk1. Do you live in Asoke, if you do you know it is not straight and in the middle quite narrow. The SkyTrain and Petch flyovers mean the elevated road would be so high it would be in the clouds. There is a subway so to insert piles along Asoke would require an amazing degree of precision. Right solutions: more mass transit + less cars ( thanks Yingluk ) through higher road usage costs + parking stations
Discussion 8 : 26/12/2013 at 10:07 AM
Not just a Catering Function room. The Siam Society under Royal Patronage was founded in 1904.
Discussion 9 : 26/12/2013 at 08:41 AM
As an Asoke resident -phew. The problem is with the two intersections. The current police policy is to allow Sukhumvit and Petchaburi Road priority meaning green lights for traffic on those roads of between 10 to 15 minutes and then allowing the lights facing Asoke to open between 1 to 3 minutes . It was not always like this. It also means times when Asoke is completely full and the cross traffic along Suk and Petch is relatively light but the policy is based on time not volume. A solution-automate the bloody lights for goodness sake. Sorry Officer Somchai but time to get out of your box. You are as useful as Sgnt Choey.
Discussion 10 : 26/12/2013 at 08:09 AM
The minority has again strike in delay the controversial Asok flyover construction lead by a person who does not even live there How can a Catering Function room have so much power over the BMA & has does Ms Bilaibhan know that this will not help to clear the road is she now a expert in road management

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