The construction of a new sky bridge in Phnom Penh to ease increasing congestion on roads in the capital has been confirmed. Construction on the flyover will start in July this year and is set to open to traffic in early 2016.

The capital’s fourth sky bridge will be located at the intersection of Russian and Mao Tse Toung boulevards at the Toul Kork traffic light, where heavy congestion during rush hours has become the norm. 

It will be similar to the capital’s third flyover located at the intersection of streets 271 and 217 in Stueng Meanchey and will feature a sky bridge, a skyway, a tunnel and detours, according to the bridge project contractor. The flyover will smooth traffic flow on Russian Blvd., the primary route between the city center and the international airport. 

The bridge is designed and will be built by the Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation (OCIC), the large local builder behind the city’s three other flyovers – the US$6.4 million Kbal Thnal sky bridge, inaugurated in June 2010, the 7 Makara overpass finished in January 2012 at a cost of US$8.7 million, and the Stueng Meanchey overpass, which cost US$19 million and will open to traffic this year.

After months of discussion, the city and OCIC have selected a sky bridge master plan from three proposed plans. Touch Samnang, OCIC deputy CEO, said this fourth sky bridge will be similar to the third one but with a simpler design.  

“However, there will also be impacts on nearby buildings such as part of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) and a Tela gas station, so we have to consider a compensation scheme.”

Long Dimanche, Phnom Penh municipality spokesman, confirmed that the city is working on the new sky bridge. He says the new system, once complete, will help release traffic congestion on roads in the area, especially on Russian Blvd., a route often taken by national and international leaders to and from the airport. 

Samnang of OCIC said the bridge groundbreaking event is set for July this year and construction will take about 18 months, after the company announced it will push up the completion schedule of the Stueng Meanchey flyover to mid-June instead of early 2015 due to the severe traffic congestion there. The new bridge is estimated to cost US$16 million, costs which will be covered by OCIC in exchange for the land on the Chroy Changvar peninsula that the firm received from the government to develop a satellite city. 

Egami Masahiko, infrastructure representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), said that the draft plan to improve Phnom Penh intersections was proposed by the Overseas Construction Association of Japan, Inc. (OKAJI) in 2010. They conducted a traffic volume survey in Phnom Penh and listed intersections that would benefit from flyovers. They found the intersections at Stueng Meanchey, Camko City, Road 271/Road 1986, and Hanoi Road/Road 1986, including the Toul Kork traffic light, would be good candidates for congestion-easing projects.

(10 Nov) Stueng Mean Chey Canal under development 

Shortly after a meeting on the Stueng Mean Chey rehabilitation and development project, the Phnom Penh municipal governor took action for 500 families whose houses infringed along the canal. The Phnom Penh governor commenced building temporary accommodation for 135 families that are in the first phase for movement. Water treatment connections, electricity and toilets are also being built to serve the displaced families.  

(12 Nov) Two concrete roads to be built in outer town area

After receiving requests to build a concrete road from the residential area in Mean Chey commune, Phnom Penh municipality accepted the request and went on to review the condition of two roads and expects to soon start work on construction. 

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