Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Highway to Sihanoukville on its way

Highway to Sihanoukville on its way

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
An expressway will link the international seaport of Sihanoukville to capital city, Phnom Penh. ROB ELLIOTT/AFP

Highway to Sihanoukville on its way

The Cambodian government said it is actively working with China Road and Bridge Corporation, a Chinese company seeking to speed up construction of an expressway linking Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk province, says Ministry of Public Works and Transport officials.

The planned expressway will span a total of 190km and will be built parallel to the 232km long National Road 4.

The new road will be built starting from the intersection of National Road 4 and Phnom Penh’s Tomnub Kob Srov road. Costing $1.9 billion, it is expected to take 48 months to complete.

Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Vasim Soriya said the minister is now pushing the Chinese company to begin construction soon.

“In these last few weeks, Minister Sun Chanthol has held talks with the companies’ officials twice to start construction by the end of November,” said Soriya.

He said the China Road and Bridge Corporation started building a fence at some points on the site.

The construction was previously planned to start towards the end of last year but was delayed.

The government is also planning another expressway project linking the capital with Bavet city in Svay Rieng province, at the border with Vietnam.

Cambodia Freight Forwarders Association president Sin Chanthy said having the additional route is something all sectors are waiting for as National Road 4 is too narrow.

“The traffic on National Road 4 always faces flood problems. Earlier this year, the road was closed twice causing delays to goods transportation schedules. It also caused detours to National Road 3 which adds to the distance from Phnom Penh,” he said.

The new expressway will be more useful because it is faster and not [prone to] accidents.”

International seaport

National Road 4, currently the Kingdom’s main economic corridor, will also be upgraded with construction work starting as early as next year.

The project, funded by the World Bank and worth $110 million, will lengthen the road by more than 200km and take around 18 months to complete.

It aims to greatly improve travel from the capital to the Kingdom’s only international seaport in Sihanoukville.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Hun Sen: Lakes filled in for national developments

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced continued operations to fill some lakes in Phnom Penh to create land for developments, though he is against the unrelated practice of damming rivers or blocking waterways. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport

  • Koh Preus upgrades 70% complete

    Initial construction of a nearly $30 million tourism infrastructure project on Preah Sihanouk province’s Koh Preus Island is “about 70 per cent complete”, according to an official with the developer. Heng Thou, construction site manager of Angela Real Estate Co Ltd (ARE), told The Post that

  • Local media loses a giant, and The Post a great friend

    Cheang Sokha, a gifted and streetwise reporter who rose to the highest ranks of Cambodian media and was beloved for his sharp intelligence, world-class humour and endless generosity, died on Friday in his hometown of Phnom Penh. He was 42. His wife, Sok Sophorn, said he