The piece on the Thai-Belgian Friendship overpass, ''Bridge over troubled roads'', in yesterday's Bangkok Post was fascinating. Who could ever imagine that a major highway fly-over could be assembled in just 19 hours? Those responsible deserve great accolades, even today, 25 years after this impressive feat.
At the same time, residents and taxpayers of Bangkok should be asking their elected officials and responsible civil servants why it now takes months, or even years, to complete similar overpasses today. Why couldn't all the components of such structures be fabricated off-site and reassembled at the specified installation sites in one or two days, in a similar manner to the Thai-Belgian Friendship Bridge?
Surely, the civil engineering expertise exists. So, why are Bangkok commuters subjected to months and months of construction gridlock as fly-overs are constructed in-place instead of being fabricated off-site and re-assembled overnight when needed?