Authorities are preparing for the groundbreaking ceremony of a new bridge across the Mekong River in Kratie province.

On December 14, Lim Sidenin, secretary of state at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and Yu Sun Long, minister attached to the prime minister, visited the location.

No date has been set, but the public works ministry said it will take place soon.

Kratie provincial governor Va Than and Sidenin instructed provincial authorities and officials to ensure the ceremony goes smoothly and safely.

The groundbreaking will take place at Talus village, in Chitr Borei district’s Bos Leav commune, about 8km Kratie town.

According to the ministry, the bridge will be 1,761m long. A 33.45km road will connect the bridge to National Road 7 at the Khla Stus Roundabout and National Road 60B.

The project will cost a total of $111.98 million, and is financed by China.

It will be implemented by the Shanghai Construction Group Corporation (SCG) with quality control by Guangzhou Wanan Construction Supervision Co Ltd., and is expected to take 42 months.