PHNOM PENH: Construction is underway on the first bridge across the Mekong River in Kratie province, Cambodia. The bridge is 1,761 meters long and will connect the eastern and western banks of the river.
The bridge is scheduled to be completed in 2026 and will greatly benefit the local economy by facilitating the transportation of goods and people.
The bridge is being constructed by the Shanghai Construction Company (SCG) with technical supervision from the Guangzhou Technical Consulting Company. The total cost of the project is $114 million, which is being funded by a concessional loan from the People's Government of China.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the bridge was held on January 2, 2023, and was presided over by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. In his speech at the ceremony, Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked the Chinese government for its support for the project and said that the bridge would be a major boost to the development of Kratie province.
Once completed, the bridge will shorten the travel time between Kratie and other provinces in Cambodia. It will also make it easier for tourists to reach the province, which is home to the famous Kratie dolphins. The bridge is expected to have a significant impact on the local economy, creating jobs and stimulating economic activity.
The construction of the bridge and road project is a major example of the close cooperation between Cambodia and China. The two countries have a long history of friendship and cooperation, and this project is a testament to their commitment to working together to achieve common goals.
In addition to the bridge, the Chinese government is also considering funding for a road project from Kratie to the Lao border. This road project will further improve the connectivity of Kratie province and boost its economic development.