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    Cambodia, China sign USD1.6B deal for second expressway

    ANN/PHNOM PENH POST – Cambodia’s second expressway project, which will run from Phnom Penh to Bavet town in Svay Rieng province on the border with Vietnam, has an estimated cost of more than USD1.6 billion, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed.

    The construction contract was signed on November 10 between the ministry and China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) – the same company behind the capital-Sihanoukville expressway – in a ceremony presided over by Chanthol.

    Speaking during the event at his ministry, Chanthol said the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway will break ground in 2023 and be completed by the end of 2026 or early 2027 at an estimated cost of USD1.638 billion.

    “The expressway will be 138km long, with one long bridge to be built and a total detour of 5km. The estimated cost is just a little less than that of the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, though its length is shorter,” he said.

    According to Chanthol, the construction of the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway will be underway alongside the construction of an expressway in Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City to Moc Bai.

    Once these two expressways are ready, he said they would play an important role in connecting China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam via the new Asian Highway 1 (AH1).

    “The expressway in Vietnam will run along their Road 22 connecting to our expressway at kilometre marker 164. We will establish the planning in writing while preparing the maps of the expressway,” he said.

    Chanthol said Cambodia is expanding AH1 from two lanes each way to four. The highway will eventually run from Poipet to Phnom Penh and then continue to Bavet to connect with their highway and facilitate export trade and carry passengers to and from China and Vietnam.

    Public Works Minister Sun Chanthol signs the Phnom Penh-Bavet expressway agreement with China Road and Bridge Corporation (crbc) representative. PHOTO: PHNOM PENH POST
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