Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng yesterday announced plans to build 27 pedestrian overhead bridges in the capital in a bid to reduce traffic jams and accidents.
The bridges will be in addition to the ones already under construction in front of Santhormok Primary School and at Phsar Doeum Kor Market, both in Tuol Kork district.
On Monday, Mr Sreng visited the latter’s site to see the progress of the bridge, which he said is 95 percent complete and will thus be accessible soon for Doeum Kor market vendors who sell across the site.
Space Media Co Ltd, the company in charge of its construction, said the project may be completed in three weeks, with only little modifications needed.
The road infrastructures, said Mr Sreng, will aid in easing traffic congestion in the capital. He added other infrastructures will be constructed to adapt to the population growth, including drainage systems, roads, transportation tunnels, overpasses and bridges.
“Actually, Phnom Penh is much more developed now; not less, as some people say. But I don’t care about them. The city is looking to develop more infrastructures to respond to the increase in population,” he said.
The capital currently has three overhead bridges located in Chumpovon area, Por Senchey district and Neang Konghing area in Prampi Makara district.
Thom Chana, a resident in Phnom Penh, said the bridge at Neang Konghing has helped ease travel issues for them.
“Since there are too many cars and motors on the street, it is difficult for us to cross the road. But since the construction of the bridge, we can now cross whenever we want without worrying too much about our safety,” she said, as she expressed her wish to see the capital filled with bridges for pedestrians.
“If heavily congested major roads have bridges built over them to facilitate pedestrian crossing, it would help reduce traffic accidents,” said Ms Chana.