The third ring road in the capital is 73.70% complete and should be completed in July-September 2023. MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

Industry players foresee a major recovery in the transport and logistics sector thanks to the under construction Phnom Penh Third Ring Road, now 73.70% complete and scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2023.

Counterclockwise from the northeast, the plans show that the road is to connect National Road 6 to Win-Win Street, cross the Tonle Sap River and continue to National Road 5 , Kob Srov Road, National Roads 4, 3, 2, 21 and 21A before crossing the Bassac River to National Road 1.

Two bridges over the Bassac River will also be constructed to connect Koh Anlong Chin Island on both sides for a total length of 996m.

The route will then connect to Container Terminal LM17 of Phnom Penh Autonomous Port in Kien Svay District of Kandal Province and return to National Highway 6 with a total length of 52.98 km.

The project is expected to cost $267.67 million, which will come in concessional financing from China, with matching funds from the Cambodian government.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport notes that the ring road will be paved with asphalt concrete for long-term durability, as a major artery to improve traffic flows in the capital, facilitate travel to economic hubs and facilitate connections with Asia. Road network and main economic corridors of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

The road will facilitate cross-border transportation, promote international trade and boost development in adjacent areas, according to the ministry.

Heang Vutha, director general of the technical department of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, told The Post on May 29 that the construction of the capital’s Third Ring Road had been significantly affected by the Covid-19 crisis, but experts of the ministry and the construction companies are back to work as usual with the deadline in mind.

For the record, the route started on January 14, 2019 and was originally scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Vutha said a recent “thorough” inspection found no major impediments to the project, on any segment of the road, and stressed that quality would be a priority.

The inspection also served to feed information into the ministry’s road maintenance monitoring system, as well as its Road Care app, which encourages the public to report general road damage, he said. .

He added that his ministry was planning a fourth ring road for the capital, but details of its route could not be revealed at this time to avoid undue increases in property and land prices.

Cambodian Logistics Association (CLA) President Sin Chanthy said that with transport services returning to normal, the Third Ring Road would be an invaluable asset to the country’s transport and logistics sector.

“We urgently need the ring road, to avoid traffic jams in the city… and help improve our transport and logistics, which will stimulate economic growth, as well as the growth of exports and imports,” he said. he told The Post.

Chea Chandara, president of the recently renamed Association of Logistics and Supply Chain Companies in Cambodia (Loscba), noted that congestion remains a pervasive scourge in the capital, despite the First and Second Ring Roads. He thinks the third ring road would greatly reduce the traffic problem.

He suggested the road would encourage factories to move along its route, reducing congestion in Phnom Penh, and encouraging development in the outskirts of the capital.

“As a transportation and supply chain player in Cambodia, we really want more ring roads, to facilitate transportation and drive economic growth,” Chandara said.