Mondulkiri provincial authorities have accelerated the construction of a concrete bridge and a road leading to the Nam Lyr border gate with Vietnam in Pech Chreada district to facilitate travel and agricultural trade. The construction is now over 50 per cent complete.
While visiting the construction sites, Mondulkiri provincial governor Svay Sam Eang urged the workforce there to focus and accelerate the rate of construction on the bridge and road.
“The construction of the bridge and road leading to the border gate in Pech Chreada district is under the project of the provincial Department of Public Works and Transport.
The department has to pay attention to building this bridge and road following technical standards so that they are high quality and can be used for a long time,” he said.
He also asked that all citizens in the area cooperate with the engineers, workers and the local authorities to build the infrastructure successfully, saying that these roads are like the economic veins of the province carrying travellers and goods to the border belt road just as the veins of the human body carry lifegiving blood and oxygen to all of its parts.
Mondulkiri provincial department of public works and transport director Ros Kimthon told The Post on April 22 that the bridge measures 45m by 10m and that construction on it began on November 30, 2020. As planned, the construction of the bridge will be completed in late 2021.
He said that in addition to the bridge, there will be a newly-paved road spanning 51 km leading from National Road 76 to the Nam Lyr border gate in the district.
“The construction of this road had over 33 km completed in 2020 or over 50 per cent. We are laying the asphalt on another 700m of road. The remaining 15 km of road hasn’t been completed yet because of the spread of Covid-19, which makes construction problematic,” he said.
He added that the department would try to set up a project as soon as possible in order to complete the remaining stretch of road to make it easier for people to travel to and exchange crops with Vietnam.
“This road is the only one leading to the Nam Lyr border gate. If we link another road to this border gate then we will have good infrastructure for people to travel, go to various tourist sites on both sides, transport their crops, exit and enter the country and further communication and cultural exchange with Vietnam,” he said.