The Chroy Changva Bridge will be temporarily closed for 21 months starting in early October to repair it at a cost of about $33 million.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency yesterday released a statement regarding the overhaul of the bridge, also known as the Cambodian-Japanese Friendship Bridge.
The statement said the closure will commence on October 1 and last until June 2019, with the Japanese government donating the funds needed for the repairs.
During the repair, JICA said there may be serious traffic congestion in the area around the construction site, especially at the roundabouts on either side of the bridge.
The Ministry of Public Works and City Hall have asked for understanding from people over any disruptions during the repairs.
Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng yesterday asked members of the public, state institutions and private firms that have cable lines and advertising billboards around the bridge area to remove them before Friday.
“The Phnom Penh administration hopes that all citizens, state institutions and private owners will understand,” he said.
According to JICA, the restoration of the bridge was requested by the Cambodian government because its derelict state made it a possible safety hazard.