Phnom Penh Flyover To Cut Travel Time From New Airport By Over 60%
In anticipation of the new Phnom Penh International Airport, a new expressway-flyover spanning the distance between its forthcoming site in Kandal Province and the city center will begin construction this year, announced the Overseas Cambodian Investment Corp (OCIC).
It will be divided into two phases: over 10km for Phase I from the Kbal Thnal junction to National Road 2 (NR2), and 11km for Phase 2 between NR2 to the project site in Stueng District of Kandal. Specifically, Phase I will flow through Hun Sen Boulevard and Yothapol Khemarak Phoumin Boulevard (Street 271).
These were revealed by OCIC Chairman Pung Kheav Se. The company is behind the upcoming airport as well as the expressway, the latter arising upon recognizing the perceived road congestion that the new airport would bring.
At present, it already takes at least 40 minutes to get from Street 271 to the 2,600-hectare plot. With the flyover, travel time will be cut down to around 15 minutes.
The new airport was officially announced in January 2018, and construction began in 2019. It will take the place of the current Phnom Penh International Airport (formerly Pochentong International Airport) for commercial flights. Meanwhile, the latter will be a dedicated passageway for local government and diplomatic officials as well as foreign leaders.
It is expected to begin operating by 2025, though the first of three phases of development is foreseen to be completed by 2023, according to Kheav Se. The flyover is set to be ready by then.
Both Vasim Sorya and Sinn Chanserey Vutha, spokesmen of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA), respectively, have lauded the plans for the expressway but were unable to provide more details. The SSCA is only directly responsible for the upcoming airport through a joint venture with the OCIC, and not the expressway.
“At airports across the world, there is at least one expressway or other roads connecting to national roads,” said Chanserey Vutha, adding, “but some airports also have train, sky train, or skyway service, which would be better.”
The entire 21.5km flyover is projected to cost around $400 million.