PP-SHV Expressway to Officially Open in November

November has been the recommended month for the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway to officially open, with plans unveiled to build another highway connecting the capital with Bavet
Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway. Kiripost via Ministry of Public Work and Transport
Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway. Kiripost via Ministry of Public Work and Transport

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The Minister of Public Works and Transport has lodged a recommendation with the Prime Minister that the inauguration of the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway takes place in November, with plans revealed to construct another expressway.

On September 21, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Sun Chanthol, said the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway will be inaugurated in November. He added he is also waiting to sign an agreement to build another expressway connecting Phnom Penh and Bavet while a primary study for a subway in Phnom Penh nears completion.

“We hurried up to finish building this road before the ASEAN meetings. The company hurried up to finish it around September and open for people to travel on in around October with no pay. I had to write a letter to the Prime Minister to inaugurate the expressway in November if possible,” he said.

“When the Chinese prime minister visits Cambodia to join ASEAN Meeting, I suggested to him it was our first time to inaugurate an expressway”.

He added that from October 1, people can use the road for free for one month. From then, people will have to pay a toll to use the road. He also said China has noticed a lot of transport between Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, and suggested conducting a study for an expressway to be built by the same company connecting Phnom Penh and Bavet.

“If possible, a Chinese company will prepare to start next year because this company has the experience and enough materials. One more thing, the subway has completed the preliminary study, and we need a train. The Ministry of Public Works has completed discussions with the company, and now we ask for repairs and investment to soften the construction of the subway in Phnom Penh.”

Construction of Cambodia’s first expressway took about 48 months and cost around $2 billion. On August 31 Hun Sen unveiled future plans to construct subways throughout the capital to improve connectivity and reduce traffic jams.