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    Building in Thailand, why it takes so damn long.

    They have been widening the road from South Pattaya to Jomtien for what seems like a couple of years now, it's probably not that long but I can't remember when the road was last good to drive on it.

    Most parts that are just digging up a bit of the road and some of the curb, so about 1 to 2 meters width on either side is all they are doing, not really a lot of work one would have thought and would probably guess the time scale in months rather than years.

    So today I was watching the CAT driver using his bucket on his digger and couldn't really understand what he was doing, there was a pile of road rubble and concrete that he had dug up and he was moving the bucket a couple inches either way over the rubble, at first I thought he was trying to spread it over a wider area but he was like really poncing about with it, and then I saw what he was doing, yep a Thai worker went over to the pile of rubble and started dragging out the steel rebar, so today they have spent 30 minutes collecting this rebar, using a 5 million baht digger, to get the steel that is in this picture, steel is about 5baht a kilo when you sell it, be lucky if they got 4 kilos today, probably cost Pattaya City Hall a couple of thousand baht in lost salaries and time so the Thai staff could earn 20baht and it's probably happening everyday on this job


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    They have been widening the road from South Pattaya to Jomtien for what seems like a couple of years now, it's probably not that long but I can't remember when the road was last good to drive on it
    Civil projects here always seem to be fraught with delays. The underpass construction here in CM has taken forever and a day and don't even get me started on the Night Bizarre/Tha Phae Gate Rd!

    Still, I'd imagine they do have to deal with the added stresses of making sure that every backhand payment is satisfied.

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    Was thinking it might take me a year to complete my project in Suphan but realistically, it's gonna be longer...

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    ^ welcome to Thailand, Boon. It's ok, a lot of afternoon heavy drinking will cure your impatience

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    About 20 clicks north of Pattaya, on past Sri Racha...they've been working on this stretch for at least 2 years.

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    Don't get me started....

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    jakarta and the indonesians are the same, i live about 20 minutes from the airport, if and when, they finish the ring road - thats been about 10 years....

    so currently i have to go into the city and back out - about 1.5 hours....

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    Money available from government comes and go.
    And so do public works...

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    In Phuket, They rip up the sides of the road to put in water pipes, then relay the surfacing.
    Three months later they rip it up again to put in drainage pipes, then relay the surfacing.
    Three months later they rip it up again to widen the road.
    One month later they rip it up again to fix the water pipes damaged by the road widening crew.

    If only the different government departments would talk to each other, they could do it once and save a shit-load of money.
    Phuket - Veni Vidi Veni

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    ^I used to get to Phuket annually to dive. One year I observed one of the rip-ups to put in pipe. But, the two pipes coming from opposite directions didn't quite meet up.

    On my next dive trip, a year later, I had another look. Sure enough, sidewalk still ripped up and pipes still not joined....

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    I first posted these two photos in August of 2006. The road pictured is still closed and the construction continues.






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    Seems like every time I've visited Pattaya over the last 20 years, they're digging up Beach Road.

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    Hmmm....brings the saying "round peg into a square hole", to mind.

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    so knock up a sump pit and join 'em up ,

    aint rocket science ....................

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    What a great idea can you do a drawing for them !

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    There's SO much Road work and Building going on in Pattaya, that there simply isn't the skilled labour force available to cope with it........

    God nows how many Motorcylists have died as a result of hitting one of the many deep pot holes in and around town?

    It's a nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckydog
    There's SO much Road work and Building going on in Pattaya, that there simply isn't the skilled labour force available to cope with it........ God nows how many Motorcylists have died as a result of hitting one of the many deep pot holes in and around town? It's a nightmare.
    I agree, what the flock are they up to. When a young person falls into such a hole no blame is proportioned. Baa

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