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New overpass project breaks ground

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Plan of Stueng Mean Chey fly-over bridge. Photograph: Pha Lina/Phnom Penh Post

After its postponement more than two months ago, the third bridge and overpass project at Stueng Mean Chey saw ground broken on Monday by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The new bridge will cost $19 million and take developer OCIC 28 months to build.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the new bridge will help to reduce traffic jams in the area of Stueng Mean Chey, Chamkarmorn and Toul Kork.

“Skybridge Stueng Mean Chey is a main point to connect 3 Khan (district) in Phnom Penh, sangkat Stueng Mean Chey in Khan Mean Chey, sangkat Tomnob Teuk in khan Chamkarmon and sangkat Boeung Salang in khan Toul Kork,” Hun Sen said.

“We must build this bridge because this area has traffic jams throughout the day.”

The project will reportedly resemble a butterfly when complete.

The Stueng Mean Chey overpass is the third of its kind in Cambodia after the first at Kbal Thal that cost $6.4 million and the Seven Makara bridge, that cost $8.7 million.

To contact the reporter on this story: Seun Son at son.seun@phnompenhpost.com

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