A 34-road infrastructure project in Preah Sihanouk province has completed initial construction of concrete roadways and drainage systems and is on schedule to be entirely finished in the first half of next year.
Provincial hall spokesman Kheang Phearum told The Post on December 28 that 98 per cent of light poles had been installed as well as 91 per cent of bulbs.
“As of this month, more than 20 per cent of the infrastructure has been paved. According to the plan, the work of pouring rubberised asphalt on the concrete will be completed before the Khmer New Year in April 2021,” he said.
On December 25, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol led a delegation of officials to make on-site inspections of the work.
“The purpose of the inspection is to verify that the construction company has followed technical standards according to the contract and log book. These roads will be built to specifications which ensure they are high-quality and long-lasting,” he said.
According to Chanthol, a 7cm layer of asphalt will be poured on the concrete roads to improve their functionality and aesthetic appeal. Completion of the project will facilitate more domestic and international tourists visiting the province and attract investments, leading to the creation of more jobs and opportunities for the local people and poverty reduction in accordance with the government’s vision, he said.
The project was implemented at the behest of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s recommendation to the plenary Council of Ministers meeting on August 30 of last year. Construction began three months later on November 16 in a ceremony presided over by the prime minister.
A total of 84.5km of roadways are under construction in Prey Nop district and Sihanoukville with a budget of $200 million.