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Preah Sihanouk ring road works costing $76 million commences

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Public Works Minister Sun Chantol studying a map and briefing officials on the ring road. Ministry of Public Works and Transport

A ring road for transport linking Sihanoukville deep seaport to a road section of National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nup district through Stung Hav district has broken ground late last week.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the 43-kilometre-long road took place under the presidency of Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport.

According to the ministry, built by China Road & Bridge Corporation Co., Ltd., the road construction would cost nearly US$77 million using the government’s budget, and take 28 months to complete.

After the construction finished, the ring road will be named Vithey Sovathapheap Samdech Preah Sangharaja Tep Vong.

Speaking on the occasion, Sun Chanthol laid stress on the significance of the ring road in easing traffic congestion of goods transport from and to the port.

“This road section is a potential ring road to facilitate the transport of import-export goods, agricultural and fisheries products of people living in Stung Hav district to the markets […] and to contribute to reducing traffic congestion on National Road 4 for container trucks,” he said.

Currently, to reach the port, heavy trucks and container trucks enter directly Sihanoukville by using National Road 4. Chea Vannak/AKP

 

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