PHNOM PENH – The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has announced that the progress of the implementation of the project to upgrade National Road 5 north of Battambang – Serey Sophorn, which has a length of 84.74 km, has reached 80.02%.

According to the Ministry of Public Works' Facebook page on April 29, 2020, the Project for Improvement of National Road 5 (ASEAN Highway 1) has a total of 366 kilometers located in Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces. Projects under the concession loan from the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency Yes.

The ministry said that the construction work is divided into three main sections: first, the northern part, the second, the middle and the third the southern part, with the extension of the existing national road from 2 lanes to 4 lanes. 23m wide is a concrete concrete road (AC) and has a central garden.

The ministry added that construction work is currently underway on the second floor in some areas and some have opened temporarily to allow people to move around. Village, commune and district leaders and people who have come across see that the road is well built, easy to drive, time-efficient and especially convenient for daily business and the transportation of agricultural goods and products such as rice. Rice, vegetables and fruits.

For the redevelopment project, the section of National Road No.5 from Neak Kreung to Battambang has a total length of 146.04 km, 23 meters wide from 2 trails to 4 trails AC thickness 15 cm, achieved 14.50% And.

For the upgrade of National Road 5 south from Prek Kdam (Kandal Province) to Chhma Khmao (Pursat), the total length is 135.24 km, passing through three provinces, including Kandal and 4.25 kilometers. The length of Kompong Chhnang is 93.54 km and Pursat 37.45 km AC with 2 steps to be planned for the construction period. In 48 months ending April 24, 2020 was 23.90%.

By: Eng Boucheng