The construction upgrades of Cambodian National Road 3 is expected to be completed by September 2021, one year ahead of schedule.
The road connects Phnom Penh (Chaom Chao roundabout) and Kampot, and has a total length of nearly 135 kilometres, passing through Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Speu, Takeo and Kampot.
The road is also significant as many industries and factories are situated along the road, making it an industrial corridor to the south. National Road 3 also connects the ASEAN Highway network from Thailand to Cambodia and Vietnam.
The construction sees the section of road from the roundabout Chom Chao to Bek Kous, Takeo province, increase the width to 24.5 meters (4 lanes) while the second section from Bek Kous, Takeo Province to Kampot City, is widened to 12 meters (two lanes). Previously the National Road 3 was only nine metres wide.
Minister of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) Sun Chanthol has previously said that two underground vehicle scales and eleven-speed cameras would be installed along National Road 3.
The total cost of the project is around $220 million US dollars and is being undertaken by a Chinese company, China Road and Bridge Corp, while Guangzhou Wanan Construction Supervision Co Ltd will complete the technical inspections.
The land value from Chaom Chao to Kampong Toul Bridge has also risen while the road has been upgraded, as much as 10 per cent year-on-year claims a report in the Khmer Times.
Chanthol, also added that the upgraded road will have an “important role in improving the efficiency of transportation of agricultural and agro-industrial products of investment companies and people from all over the country to local markets and especially to international markets via the deep seaports reports Kampuchea Thmey.