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New roads and airport to serve Cambodia’s southern economic corridor

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National road 4 serves a vital role in developing the Kingdom’s southern economic corridor. Photo by Dmitry Makeev

Plans for the southern economic corridor of Cambodia are slowly being unveiled as 2020 goes past its half-way mark. The region’s primary economic hub, Sihanoukville, is getting back up on its feet after construction mishaps and the uprooting of the once-thriving online casino industry in the city.

Last April 2020, construction on Road 146 began under the technical supervision of the Minister of Public Works and Transport (MPWT). The project is expected to take around 28 months to complete and will cost $76 million, according to the ministry’s facebook post.

Road 146, a.k.a. Samdech Tep Vong Patriarch Safety road has a total road length of 43km and is built from the intersection of National Road 4 in Veal Thom village, Veal Renh Commune, Prey Nob district. The road will be designed for longevity and resilience as it will support heavy freight vehicles travelling through the southern economic corridor of the Kingdom.

Another set of 34 roads in Sihanoukville province is reportedly approaching completion, according to the ministry’s facebook post last May 2020. The construction and rehabilitation project covers over 82,000km of roads and is close to finishing ahead of schedule.

This rehabilitation project seeks to ensure the longevity of Cambodia’s roads to support transportation and logistics amid its recurring flooding problems.

A new 20-year master plan for the Sihanoukville International airport was unveiled by Cambodia Airport, the concessionaire of Cambodia’s 3 major international airports. The new development is designed to enhance the Kingdom’s airport capacity to handle the increasing volume of tourists and cargo coming through its entry ports.

The master plan consists of two development phases, first of which will be the development of the infrastructure that will soon command and finish in 2030. This phase focuses on developing the runway extension from the current 2.5km and expanding it to 3.3km  This phase also includes new aircraft stands, taxiways, and a new terminal.

Upon completion of Phase I, Cambodia Airports is reportedly going to expand the terminal with additional support facilities to enhance the airport’s overall operational efficiency.

The scale of the project has attracted the attention of the United States which has recently assessed the possibility of Cambodian airports accommodating Boeing-made aircraft.

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