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Expressway construction 20 percent complete; compensation work 88% complete

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With two lanes for each direction and a green median strip, the new expressway will stretch over 190 kilometres. Photo supplied

Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) today updated the progress of construction work of the expressway project, linking Phnom Penh capital to Preah Sihanouk coastal province.

According to a message posted on the MPWT’s Facebook page on May 19, the Phnom Penh-Preah Sihanouk expressway was 20.65 percent complete while the compensation for local people affected by the project was 88.84 percent complete as of April 2020.

With an estimated cost of some US$2 billion, the construction of the 190-kilometre-long expressway started in March 2019 and is rescheduled to complete earlier, i.e. in late 2022.

Connecting the capital city of Phnom Penh and the deep-sea port province of Preah Sihanouk in southwestern Cambodia, this Chinese-invested expressway is expected to become the artery of Cambodia’s economy.

The 190-km expressway, invested by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), will have two lanes for each direction and vehicles can travel with a speed of 100 km per hour. The construction of the project began in March 2019 and has so far created 3,500 jobs.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has said that this thoroughfare will become an important strategic road, and will contribute to boosting Cambodia’s economic growth by increasing logistics efficiency in the country, and reducing cost of goods transportation and travel period.

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