Japan-funded Road Improvement Project Starts

The construction of a portion of the National Road No. 5 from Battambang to Serey Sophorn in Banteay Meanchey province with a total length of 84.74 kilometres under the ODA loan from the Government of Japan began this morning.

The groundbreaking ceremony, held in Battambang city, Battambang province, was presided over by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Hidehisa Horinouchi.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen highly valued this infrastructure project and expressed his gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for their assistance to the improvement of this key road.

According to Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol, the construction, which is part of the National Road No. 5 Improvement Project, includes also the construction of two bypasses of more than 33 kilometres and would cost about US$185 million and take US$36 months to complete.

National Road No. 5 is a major national highway in Cambodia. It links Phnom Penh capital to the provinces of Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, and Banteay Meanchey, and to Thailand's border.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press