Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minister warns road firms: quality counts

Minister warns road firms: quality counts

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol is leading a delegation to inspect construction progress on national roads 146B and 148 in Preah Sihanouk province, according to the ministry’s Facebook post on June 7. FACEBOOK

Minister warns road firms: quality counts

Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol urged all road construction companies throughout the country to pay close attention to quality to avoid contract termination.

Chanthol made the call while leading a delegation to inspect construction progress on national roads 146B and 148 in Preah Sihanouk province, according to the ministry’s Facebook post on June 7.

“[Sun Chanthol] inspected the automatic concrete mixer, which can build 500m of road per day up to 26cm thick.

“He also … inspected the construction site for the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway at the intersection of Road 146B,” it said.

Chanthol also reminded the public to respect traffic rules, refrain from speeding and overloading their vehicles which he said could cause damages to the roads and fatal accidents that consequently drain the national budget.

National Road 146B starts from an intersection with National Road 4 crossing provincial road 148 and ending at another intersection with National Road 4.

The road has a total length of 43km and was contracted to be built on March 10 last year and scheduled for completion in August of 2022.

The project was built by a branch of the China Road and Bridge Cooperative in Cambodia under the road infrastructure development project in Sihanoukville, the ministry said.

Last weekend, Chanthol decided to terminate a contract with Korea Consultants International, which had won a bid to repair a 54km stretch of National Road 3 from Kampot to Veal Renh commune in Preah Sihanouk province after finding that the company did not follow technical standards.

Kong Sovann, a public health specialist and director of the International Safety Fund Programme, said that surprise inspections of roads under construction without informing the contractor in advance was a good step towards improving road quality. But he said the focus should not just be on new construction.

“It is one thing to build the roads to the required standards, but if there is no expansion of the budget for driver’s education programmes and enforcement of road traffic laws to be widely implemented along with the new construction, then lowering the number of deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents will be difficult,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer