Cambodia to start construction of expressway to Vietnam

By VNA   April 24, 2023 | 12:20 am PT
Cambodia to start construction of expressway to Vietnam
Moc Bai border gate at the boundary of Vietnam and Cambodia in 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa
Cambodia is scheduled to start the construction of the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway close to Vietnam's Moc Bai international border gate in June 2023, said Cambodia's transport minister Sun Chanthol.

Speaking at an inauguration ceremony of a traffic project in Phnom Penh on April 21, the Minister of Public Works and Transport revealed that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.

The US$1.6 billion expressway, the second of its kind in Cambodia, will have a total length of 138 km and bridge across the Mekong River.

Chanthol revealed that Vietnam will also kick-start the construction of the Ho Chi Minh City-Moc Bai expressway to connect with the Phnom Penh-Bavet expressway.

He expected that the two projects will be completed by the end of 2026 or early 2027 at the latest.

In 2022, Cambodia put into use its first expressway connecting the capital Phnom Penh and the port city of Preah Sihanouk. The 187-km-long and four-lane route had an investment cost of $2 billion invested by a Chinese company in the form of build - operate - transfer (BOT) with an operating time of 50 years.

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