The quality rehabilitation project that will connect National Road 4 to Koh Kong province is due to begin this month, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT).
MPWT’s spokesperson Vasim Sorya said the project is now in the bidding stage and once that is complete, the ministry will send on documents for approval by its Korean partner.
The rehabilitation of National Road 48 is being funded by a loan from the Korean government. It will connect the 150 kilometre National Road 4 to Koh Kong province. The project will replace the double bituminous surface treatment (DBST) road surface to an asphalt concrete (AC) type of higher quality. It is being undertaken to boost transportation infrastructure, economic growth, facilitate local commuting and reduce poverty as a government priority measure.
According to Sorya, the ministry generally first reviews the bidding process, conducts internal discussions in committee and upon consensus, then sends its recommendations on to the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Once that procedure is complete, construction can begin.
“The government has been constructing National Road 10 to connect Veal Veaeng district in Pursat province to Koh Kong. National Road 10’s completion will ease the journey from Koh Kong to Pursat, Pailin and Battambang. The connection between Battambang province and Siem Reap province will be shorter because people will no longer need to travel through Banteay Meanchey province,” he added.
Sorya also said the nation must upgrade its internal connectivity in order to boost stronger economic activity between the coastal provinces, Sihanoukville’s deep-sea port and the agriculture-based provinces.
National Road 10 is now 43.75 percent complete and scheduled to open to traffic in 2023. Stretching over 199 kilometres, the road links the Samlot district of Battambang province to Koh Kong province, passing through Veal Veng district in Pursat province.
The project is being constructed at a cost of $188 million with that investment being borne by a Chinese loan and by the Cambodian government. Ground was first broken on the project in March 2020.