Butterly bridge to fly over to Island

The bridge to Diamond Island (Koh Pich)
The bridge to Diamond Island (Koh Pich). SRENG MENGSRUN

Butterly bridge to fly over to Island

Diamond Island may see another new concrete bridge, this time in the form of a butterfly.

The proposed 100-metre long bridge from Phnom Penh to Diamond Island would be similar in height to the current Rainbow Bridge, Touch Samnang, a project manager of developer OCIC, said.

No construction date has been set yet because the land on the opposite side was owned by POSCO, which still had to settle the proposal with City Hall, he said.

“The newly-planned bridge has large width and two vehicles can drive on both sides. This construction can help facilitate traffic and make Diamond Island more beautiful,” Touch Samnang said.

“The project will cost some $ 2 million,” he said.

Construction of the Butterfly Bridge would begin soon and OCIC was responsible for covering its own building costs, Keo Sothy, assistant to an OCIC deputy general manager, said.

City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said he did not know about the project and declined to comment further.

Diamond Island was becoming a recreation and active business centre, with many people moving there, so building another bridge would help make it even more popular, the general manager of VMC Real Estate Cambodia, Dith Channa, said.

“Having more roads for traffic is much better and it will make land on the island more costly and of interest to more people,” he said.

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