Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rt 4 span collapses



Rt 4 span collapses

Rt 4 span collapses

T RAFFIC between the capital and Sihanoukville was paralyzed on July 8 when a

bridge on Route 4 approximately 140 km north of the port totally

collapsed.

According to villagers the span at Koang simply gave way under

the weight of a truck, pictured left, and no sabotage was involved.

The

bridge had only been reopened for a short time after collapsing in the middle of

last month, again when it was unable to support a truck.

Route 4 is the

most direct and safest highway for lorries bringing containers out of the port -

about 1,000 are handled per month.

Enterprising locals set up

mini-markets either side of the river for travellers forced to make a stop,

while boat owners charged up to 1,500 riel per person to ferry them across.

Taxi drivers between the two cities continued operating but took

passengers as far as the bridge for half price and then waited to pick up others

heading in the opposite direction after they had made the crossing.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting