Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - National Road 4 to be widened

National Road 4 to be widened

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A worker cuts grass along National Road 4 in July. INFORMATION MINISTRY

National Road 4 to be widened

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport is in the final stages of project planning for the widening of National Road 4 from 7m to 10m. The project is scheduled to last 24 months from 2022 to 2023.

The ministry also plans to repair and upgrade roads in other areas that have been damaged by floods and improve road quality and traffic conditions.

Ministry spokesman Heang Sotheayuth told The Post on July 29 that the ministry has not yet finalised the project as it was still in the process of completing some details before requesting budget approval.

“At this stage, we have considered setting up an expressway to deal with congestion and reduce travel time and transportation costs. But we also do not want to abandon the old road as it can be used by locals and for family travel,” he said.

According to Sotheayuth, the project will take about two years. When complete, it will be suitable for all vehicle types.

He added that the project will increase the road’s width in most places except in places that had already been widened, such as around Kampong Speu and Phnom Penh’s Chaom Chao commune.

“Some parts of National Road 4 are small so we have to consider current traffic use and vehicle sizes. If is difficult for cars to avoid each other, this can lead to accidents,” he said.

“This road will have a size to suit current needs and widened into a dual-lane road . . . to make this road a standard road that is easy to use,” Sotheayuth said.

However, Sotheayuth has not been able to confirm how much the project will cost as the technical team has to complete its planning work first.

National Road 4 stretches 230km from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. In 2020, World Bank approved financing of $110 million for upgrading the road’s quality.

MOST VIEWED

  • Research key to Kanitha’s rep for expertise

    Sok Kanitha is used to weighing in on controversial issues using a confident approach that signals expertise and authority, and a recent video she made was no exception. Her “Episode 342: The History of NATO” video went live on January 16, 2023 and immediately shot to 30,000 likes and 3,500

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior