Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Phnom Penh's first skyway unveiled




Phnom Penh's first skyway unveiled

Phnom Penh's first skyway unveiled

090528_04.jpg
090528_04.jpg

City governor calls new elevated highway a ‘Phnom Penh landmark' that will aid development

.

Photo by:
Heng Chivoan

People look at an artist's rendition of the proposed skyway during the inauguration of the new Monivong Bridge on Wednesday.

PRIME Minister Hun Sen unveiled plans Wednesday for Phnom Penh's first skyway, saying the elevated road was only the first of several new throughways and bridges that will be constructed in order to ease traffic congestion in the capital.

"This is only our starting point. We will continuously build more bridges," he said at the inauguration of the new Monivong Bridge.

The 380-metre-long-by-14-metre-wide skyway will be built along Norodom Boulevard above the Kbal Thnol traffic circle, which will be removed when construction is complete - at an estimated cost of US$6 million.

"Why is it necessary to build this skyway? Because we need to ease traffic on Norodom Boulevard and National Road 2," Hun Sen said.

He added that the government has approved a plan to find funding for several more bridges, including a second span running parallel to the Japanese Friendship Bridge and a bridge across the Mekong River in Neak Leung.

Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema called the skyway project a "Phnom Penh landmark".

"Building a core transportation system will foster the city's development and help to eliminate poverty," Kep Chuktema said.

As the capital grows, traffic on its roads has become increasingly chaotic, with an estimated four people being killed each day in accidents, according to municipal figures.

Traffic accident fatalities rose 1.8 percent in 2008 to 1,572 nationwide, compared with the previous year.

"I recommend that ... you all respect the traffic laws, because this means that you respect your life," Hun Sen said. 

MOST VIEWED

  • PM slams HRW ‘double standards’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has chided Human Rights Watch (HRW) Asia director Brad Adams for keeping quiet over protest crackdowns in the US following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Addressing reporters while inspecting infrastructure development in Preah Sihanouk province on Monday,

  • Bank robber of $6M asks to be released

    An accused bank robber who admitted to stealing $6 million has asked the Supreme Court to release him temporarily because he had returned the money. In a court hearing on Tuesday Chan Simuntha, 39, told the judge that on January 18, his wife Teang Vathanaknearyroth told him that

  • WHO: Antibiotics cause more deaths

    Increased antibiotics use in combating the Covid-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming

  • Children in poverty said to rise by 86M

    The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children warned that if urgent measures are not taken, the number of children living in poverty across low- and middle-income countries could increase by 86 million, a 15 per cent jump, by the end of the year. In

  • Four more Cambodian peacekeepers get Covid-19 in Mali

    Four more Cambodian Blue Helmet peacekeepers in Mali have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of infected Cambodian UN peacekeepers to 10. National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War deputy director-general and spokeswoman Kosal Malinda told The Post on Tuesday

  • Huge tracks of undocumented land a concern for registration officials

    Siem Reap provincial deputy governor Ly Samrith expressed concern that land registration plans for residents scheduled to be completed by late 2021 could not be achieved because 80 per cent of the land had not been registered. Land dispute issues are a major factor that poses a