Cambodia’s first ever expressway officially starts today, with a groundbreaking ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The project cost an estimated of USD1.9 billion, is expected to complete in 2023. It will alleviate traffic from National Road 4, connecting capital city to Sihanoukville’s deep-sea port, the main gateway for exports and imports.
The expressway will have two lanes for each direction and a green median strip. It will stretch over 190 kilometers – shorter than the current road. The travelling time will just need to spend two and a half hours. At present, the journey takes 4-6 hours. The construction will include 89 bridges, 4 resting station and several gas stations.
Weng Gang, vice president of China Road and Bridge Corporation, said the expressway would contribute to the country’s economy and help elevate living standards. The company has already built approx. 1,000 kilometers of roads in Cambodia.
China is the funding country for Sihanoukville expressway project. The treaty was signed during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Cambodia last January 2018.