The government has named the capital’s largest interchange project Morodok Techo, following a request from the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration.

The interchange, slated for completion in 2025, forms the juncture of three major boulevards: Hun Sen, Monivong and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, better known as Street 271.

The nearly $40 million project, boasting both an overpass and underpass, is divided into two phases, the first of which will see a flyover connecting Hun Sen and Monivong boulevards opened for temporary use in the next two months. Spanning parts of Meanchey and Chamkarmon district, it is the capital’s sixth and longest flyover ever built. 

“In the first phase, the construction of the … flyover has reached about 80 per cent completion, with the plan scheduled to finish this March. Phase two is expected to be completed before the traditional Khmer New Year in 2025,” he said during a ceremony symbolising the flyover’s connection on January 29.

Kim Pagna, country director for the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation, expressed satisfaction with the progress, particularly in urban infrastructure, which he noted would significantly ease travel in and out of the capital.

However, he emphasised the importance of not only building public works but also educating officials and strengthening traffic laws, with a focus on enforcing strict fines for violations.

“Having good infrastructure, such as flyovers, has greatly facilitated travel, but it’s also crucial for relevant authorities and ministries to enforce traffic law by correctly placing signs or traffic lights and ensuring safe traffic flow,” he said. 

He advocated for the transparent and effective imposition of fines to prevent potential accidents.