PHNOM PENH: The Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Bridge Project, also known as Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ean Bridge, is a symbol of the strong bond between these two countries.
Located in Poipet City, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia, the total length of the bridge is 620 meters, with the Cambodian side measuring 215 meters and the Thai side measuring 405 meters. The bridge is 17 meters wide, making it spacious enough for large vehicles and travelers to cross with ease.
The construction of this bridge started on March 20, 2017, and was completed on January 15, 2019, taking a total of 21 months to complete. The project cost is estimated at approximately 670 million baht, which comes out to more than 19 million US dollars.
The bridge will considerably benefit the economies of both countries by increasing cross-border trade, and job opportunities, and enticing tourists to travel between the two nations. The bridge’s completion is an essential step in making ASEAN’s vision of establishing connectivity amongst the countries of the ASEAN region a reality.
Besides the bridge, the administration building of the Stung Bot-Banang Ean International Port and the road connecting to National Road 5 has also been completed, with a progress rate of 85.04%.
The completion of these additional projects will most likely further improve cross-border trade, increase job creation opportunities, and boost tourism in the region. Overall, the Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Bridge Project is a noteworthy achievement, highlighting the benefits of international cooperation and collaboration between neighboring nations.