Prime Minister Hun Sen will preside over a December 30 groundbreaking ceremony for a project to upgrade National Road 33, which will link Kampot and Kep provinces to Chrok Lok on the Vietnamese border upon completion.

Pal Chandara, secretary of state for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport who heads the ministry’s Project Management Unit – led a team to inspect the site on December 26-27 in preparation for the ceremony.

Also present were Im Sethyra, head of the Resettlement General Department, as well as officials from the Kampot and Kep provincial administrations and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) – the company contracted to revamp the road.

The project is overseen by the ministry and is financed by China, though the final cost was not revealed.

The road will be widened to 12m and upgraded from double bituminous surface treatment pavement to thick Asphalt concrete.

The ministry said the upgrades are scheduled for completion in about 24 months.