Two Japanese companies will repair a 135-kilometre stretch of National Road 5 from Phnom Penh to Pursat province in order to maintain the Asian Highway.
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the construction companies held a signing ceremony for the road improvement project yesterday.
According to a ministry statement, the south section of National Road 5 from Prek Kdam Bridge in Phnom Penh to Thlea Ma’am in Pursat province will be repaired over a four-year period and will cost approximately $246 million.
The Japanese contactors were listed as Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co Ltd and Hanshin Engineering and Construction Co Ltd.
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said National Road 5 must be improved to make travel and transport easier.
“National Road 5 is a very important road connecting the Asian Highway. We must improve it. Don’t worry, the company will make it high quality,” he said.
In order to keep the road maintained, Mr Chanthol said the ministry has told truck drivers to not drive overloaded vehicles.
“We will build six truck weighing stations along National Road 5. Our budget is large enough so the road will stay in good condition for a long time,” he said.
The total cost of improving National Road 5 from Phnom Penh to Banteay Meanchey province will cost about $500 million and is expected to boost transportation capacity and efficiency, promoting economic development.
Roh Tae Youp, general manager of Hanshin Engineering and Construction, said he is pleased the Cambodian government has confidence in his company.
“We will work closely with the government to improve this national road. We will construct this road with the safety of people in mind,” he said.