The Transport Ministry said yesterday it has asked the World Bank for a $110 million loan to upgrade National Road 4.
Speaking after a signing ceremony with a Chinese company to repair two other national roads, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said the ministry and the World Bank were preparing loan documents which would be approved in June. The repairs would begin in early 2019, he added.
“National Road 4 is a very important road for travelling and transporting goods from overseas to Cambodia via the port. We are now preparing the budget to upgrade and repair it,” he said.
In October, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the Transport Ministry to repair National Road 4, which has suffered significant damage in some sections.
Meanwhile, Mr Chanthol signed a contract with the Sichuan Road and Bridge Group Co Ltd at the ministry yesterday to upgrade 113.3 kilometres of National Road 3 and National Road 7 at a cost of nearly $17 million.
He said the ministry got a $60 million loan from the World Bank to upgrade and repair the roads. The Chinese firm was only contracted to repair some sections.
“Every year, the government spends nearly $200 million to repair roads.
“Some roads suffer from overloaded vehicles, so please, let’s all obey the law and maintain the roads together,” he said.
Wang Chuanfu, deputy director of the Sichuan Road and Bridge Group, said the road repairs would begin in April and last for about 18 months.
“The company is pleased to get the contract with the ministry to upgrade the national roads and will follow the contract on schedule,” he said.