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Construction on Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway to Start in June

PHNOM PENH: The Ministry of Public Works and Transport will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway on June 7, 2023 with Prime Minister Hun Sen presiding.

The groundbreaking was confirmed this morning, May 18, when a public-private partnership agreement on the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway project was signed between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the China Road and Bridge Corporation at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Minister of Public Works and Transport, Sun Chanthol, confirmed that the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway project is scheduled to take four years to build at a cost of $ 1.4 billion. Upon completion it will be Cambodia's second expressway at a length of 135 kilometers. The project will also construct a 2,250-meter long bridge across the Mekong River, connecting the expressway to Lvea Em district using the national budget.

The expressway will be built with the ultimate goal of connecting to the Ho Chi Minh-Bavet Expressway "We will finish the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway within four years, in time for the Vietnamese side to build an expressway from Ho Chi Minh City to Mok Bai, which connects to Bavet City," said Chantol. "We are having our team confirm the connection point with Vietnam (Bavet-Ho Chi Minh City) in accordance with the MoU that we signed in 2017.”

Chanthol confirmed that the agreement signed today was to guarantee that the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway construction will be effective, timely and of high quality. The expressway is meant to boost trade between Cambodia and Vietnam and between Vietnam and Thailand. He added that the project will help reduce the amount of time it takes to deliver goods.

Chanthol also spoke on the proposed Phnom Penh-Siem Reap Expressway, which is currently undergoing a study to determine the feasibility of the project. He said that the Chinese company conducting the review expects to complete it by the end of May and he hopes that the study’s results will lead to a public-private partnership to connect the capital to Siem Reap soon.

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