The National Road 3 improvement project is now 83 percent complete and expected to be finished by mid-2022.

This update was shared by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) this week, stressing that the completion of the project will be on time as initially planned.

National Road 3 is 134.8 kilometres long and connects Phnom Penh to Kampot. The improvement costs were estimated as close to $219million, and were funded in the Royal Government’s budget by a referential buyer’s credit loan from the government of China. Construction is being undertaken by the China Road and Bridge Corp, with technical advice provided by Guangzhou Wanan Construction Supervision Co Ltd.

National Road 3 will vitally support the nations’ tourism, economy and transportation system upon its completion. It is a pivotal national road with many industries and factories along its route, making it an important addition to the nations’ industrial corridor as it connects to National Road 4, which leads to Cambodia’s largest deep-water port.

Vasim Sorya, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said: “The project is on track and could even be finished slightly before the scheduled target. [Erecting] the road markings and signage and adding overpass bridges [will mark the final stage of the project’s completion].”