The Ministry of Public Works and Transport yesterday signed an agreement with Korean company Hanshin Engineering and Construction for the long-awaited reconstruction of National Road 2 and National Road 22.
According to a press release from the ministry, the reconstruction of National Road 2 and National Road 22 is a project that received a loan of $56.1 million from Export-Import Bank of Korea.
The project would cover 72.17 kilometres of road construction, crossing Kandal province, Phnom Penh and Takeo province.
National Road 2 construction will stretch from Takhmao city in Kandal province to O’Chambok area in Takeo province’s Daun Keo city. Meanwhile, National Road 22 will stretch from O’Chambok area to National Road 3.
Sun Chanthol, Public Works and Transport Minister, said that the reconstruction of the roads will start in November, after the raining season has passed, with construction period expected to last 30 months.
He apologised to residents who have waited a long time for the reconstruction, saying that the ministry has wanted to repair it since two years ago but needed time to process the loan.
“Residents have waited to see the national roads rebuilt, but we needed time to process the bank loan and examine all aspects, now we have signed an agreement with the [construction] company,” Mr Chanthol said.
He added that during the road construction, he asked for the understanding of residents over possible traffic jams. Mr Chanthol also asked that residents would take care of the road once it is completed.
“Please take care of it. Don’t overload tucks, avoid using drugs and getting drunk while driving,” he said.