The Cambodia-China Friendship Bridge, which connects Kampong Cham and Tboung Khmum provinces, is due to be completed before the Khmer New Year in April 2021.
The bridge crossing the Mekong River is 96% complete, according to Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport. Chanthol said, “This bridge plays a very important role as it connects two provinces and people will be able to travel easily and quickly from one place to another, besides easy delivery of goods and services.”
Khmer New Year starts on April 14th and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to officially open Cambodia-China Friendship Bridge.
The Chinese government is funding the construction of the bridge with an allocation of $57 million. Vasim Sorya told the Khmer Times that the ministry is also planning to build another bridge over the Mekong River to connect Kratie and Kampong Thom provinces.
The Cambodia-China Friendship Bridge is being contracted by the Shanghai Construction Group, with $57 million from the Chinese government.
The bridge is 1,131 metres in length and 13.5 metres wide and connects the Stung Trang district in Kampong Cham province, and Krouch Chhmar district in Tboung Khmum province, with both districts, separated by the Mekong River reports the Khmer Times.
Bridge construction in Phnom Penh
The OCIC (Overseas Cambodian Investment Corp Ltd) announced in October 2020 the groundbreaking for the bridge construction of two bridge projects in the capital– one connecting Koh Pich in Chamkarmon district’s Tonle Bassac commune to the Koh Norea Development Zone in Chbar Ampov district’s Niroth commune, and another linking Koh Norea to National Road 1.”
In late 2019, a committee was also looking at bridges to connect in two locations, at Prek Bra district and Chak Angre district.