City Hall Bans Sand Transport Across Both Monivong Bridges

Officials in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district said yesterday that all transportation of sand across the old and new Preah Monivong bridges has been banned for the duration of the rainy season to protect the road surface and avoid accidents. According to a City Hall announcement signed by Meanchey district governor Kourch Chamroeun on Aug 6, trucks carrying sand will not be allowed to cross the bridges over the Bassac river, as the vehicles leak sand and water onto the road surface…Yesterday afternoon, no police were seen controlling traffic at the two bridges, and during a 15-minute period several large trucks bearing sand crossed the river. SRP spokesman Yin Sovann said he supported the measure, but added that–as with many measures taken by City Hall–effective implementation was absent.