The footbridge at Na Ranong intersection remains unfinished, as Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has urged contractors to speed up their construction efforts. During a recent unannounced visit, he expressed concerns about the overpass’ unfinished parts and insisted that the project be ready for the public this Thursday.
Chadchart took to his Facebook page to share his visit, questioning workers if they believed they would meet the deadline. He also emphasized the importance of working tirelessly to ensure that the overpass is completed on schedule.
In 2018, the Department of Public Works signed a contract with Sahakarn Wisavakorn Co Ltd, outlining a 2021 completion date for the overpass. The project commenced in the same year with a budget of 1.47 billion baht. However, due to a combination of technical issues and the Covid-19 pandemic, the project experienced a delay, attracting a series of complaints that caught the governor’s attention on June 5 last year.
Once completed, the new four-lane overpass will provide a vital connection between the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre located on Ratchadaphisek Road and the Nonsiwitthaya School. This route will pass over the Na Ranong intersection, easing traffic congestion in the area.
Motorist’s complaints continue, with many addressing the numerous potholes surrounding railway tracks on the road. Governor Chadchart has delegated the responsibility of fixing these issues to his deputy, Wisanu Subsompon, urging that the State Railway of Thailand address the problem promptly.
As the project deadline fast approaches, the Bangkok governor’s insistence on expediting the overpass construction is echoed by the community’s eagerness for a smoother, more efficient commuting experience. Despite the delays, the efforts of the construction team and the involvement of the city’s administration are bringing the project closer to fruition, ensuring that the much-awaited overpass will soon become a reality for Bangkok’s residents.