- 80 percent of Cambodia's highways and half of the capital's streets are in major
need of repair according to the Ministry of Public Works.
- Nearly 80 percent of the country's 4,000 major bridges have been seriously damaged
in the past two decades.
- The government's main transport priority is to rebuild a 291km stretch of Highway
Five between Phnom Penh and Battambang province as a link to the Thai border.
- Another government priority is to improve the first 30km of main roads leading
from the capital.
- Cambodia's principle road network consists of approximately 3,500km of national
roads linking Phnom Penh to various provinces, and about 2,550km of sub-roads.
- There are approximately 649km of operational railway line in Cambodia.
- Most major roads constructed to international standards were laid since the 1960s.
Today, the majority are not suitable for heavy vehicles or large traffic volume.
- The Secretary of State at the Ministry of Public Works, Mr Tram Iv Tek, says
his department's budget is insufficient to carry out primary tasks.
- Between 1990-93 the State released only $550,000 annually to repair roads and
- The Ministry of Public Works operates 230 obsolete Soviet vehicles.
- The UN Development Program (UNDP) is spending $6.3m to improve Cambodia's infrastructure.
- Since 1992, UNDP has been responsible for maintaining repairs along Highway Five.
About 204km has been covered with gravel as a temporary measure.
- UNDP is spending $2.5 million to replace six bridges totaling 334 meters.
- Officially, Highway Five is safe for vehicles to travel 100 kph.
- The Asian Development Bank has given Cambodia a soft loan of $32.5 million to
help improve road and rail links and port facilities.
- The US government has signed an exchange note with Cambodia to cover the repair
of Highway Four from Phnom Penh to Kompong Som to the value of $24 million. The road,
already regarded as the best in the country, was originally built in 1950 by United
States grant aid.
- The Japanese government is spending approximately $37.5 million rebuilding Phnom
Penh's Chroy Changvar bridge. Additional funds have been allocated to lay asphalt
along the first 45km of Highway Six from the bridge.
- France has donated $3 million for a "road laboratory" to test materials
and repair railway locomotives.
- UNTAC engineering teams from Japan, China, Thailand and The Netherlands repaired
324km of Highways Two, Five and Six and 517 meters of bridges.
- Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea
Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on
- US Embassy: Chinese trade does not help like the West’s
The US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday said relations between China and Cambodia did not create jobs or help industry when compared to the trade between the Kingdom and the US. “About 87 per cent of trade [with China] are Chinese imports, which do not
- Vietnamese land-grabbers held
Following a provincial court order, Ratanakkiri Military Police on April 16 arrested 12 Vietnamese nationals accused of crossing the border into Cambodia and illegally clearing forest land. The accused are now being detained at Phnom Svay prison in the province. Ratanakkiri military police commander Thav Yen told
- Eight people sent to court over violent protest
Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities on Sunday sent eight people to court for blocking National Road 4 and using violence against authorities in a land dispute in Prey Nop district’s Bit Traing commune. Four police officers and two commune security guards sustained injuries when the protesters