Cambodian Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said Monday that the construction of the Chinese-invested Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has gone full steam despite the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to be completed ahead of schedule.
Invested by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the $2-billion expressway will connect the capital city of Phnom Penh and the deep-sea port province of Preah Sihanouk in the country’s southwestern part.
The construction of the expressway began in March 2019 and is scheduled to be completed in March 2023. It is believed that the firm will be able to finish the project by September 2022, Chanthol said, according to the live broadcast on the ministry’s official Facebook page.
“So far, about 55 percent of the construction has been completed,” he told reporters during a visit to a stretch of the road in Kampong Speu province.
At a width of 24.5 meters with two lanes on either side, vehicles can travel at a speed of 100 km per hour, so it will take only two hours to travel between the two destinations, compared with five hours at present, he said.
The minister added that the road will play a very important role in helping boost Cambodia’s economic growth as it links the capital city to the largest seaport in the kingdom.
Chanthol said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the work on the project continued to make headway steadily thanks to the joint effort of the Chinese and Cambodian workers.