The sixth Cambodia-China Friendship bridge, located along the Mekong River in Stung Treng province, was opened to the public over the weekend after passing technical inspections, officials said.
The bridge, which stretches 1,732 meters connecting Stung Treng City to Thala Barivat district, is the longest bridge spanning the Mekong in the country, according to deputy provincial governor You Pasith.
The bridge was opened for public use in advance of its scheduled opening due to popular demand as the flood season approaches, said Sar Kim Nath, director of the provincial public works and transportation department.
The bridge significantly shortens the trip from the country’s rural northeast, parts of which are quickly becoming logging and mining hubs, to urban centers to the west.
The bridge was constructed by the Shanghai Construction Group and cost more than $50 million, according to Mr. Kim Nath.
Construction began in 2011 and was expected to take five years to complete.