Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway Construction to Start in June

Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport. Photo: Ministry of Public Works and Transport

PHNOM PENH – Construction of Cambodia’s second expressway, from Phnom Penh to Bavet city in Svay Rieng province will start on June 7.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced the construction date on April 21 on its Facebook page.

Less wide and shorter than the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, the new road will join up with the Vietnamese expressway from Ho Chi Minh City to Moc Bai on the other side of the border.

The Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway will connect China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam through the ASEAN highway route 1, which is being expanded from two to four lanes from Poi Pet to Phnom Penh and from Phnom Penh to Bavet.

Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport, said construction would cost around $1.4 billion. The 138km road is estimated to be completed in late 2026 or early 2027. Agreement to build the road was signed in November.

The government is also studying proposals for a Phnom Penh-Siem Reap expressway. The study will be completed by the end of May, he said.

It will be funded by the China Road and Bridge Corporation. The plan for the second expressway was made after the success of the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway which crosses Kandal, Kampong Speu, and Koh Kong provinces and which was finished ahead of schedule.   

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