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Cambodia trials new Canadian technology to maintain unpaved roads

Harrison White

A Canadian road maintenance company is assisting Cambodia with technical assistance to reduce maintenance and construction costs, save natural resources and keep its unpaved roads smoother for longer. 

According to Greenway (the local distributor of the product), Cambodia has over 50,000 km of unpaved roads, all roads require constant maintenance and use of diminishing natural resources, like laterite.

With this unique Canadian product, the company aims to help to eliminate such burden in high annual budget spending, and instead redirect investment to repair many other unattended damaged roads.

The technology aims to reduce both maintenance costs and dust pollution

The company has developed its ROAD/STABILIZR®, a superior soil stabilization product which once applied allows road lasts few years with minor to zero maintenance, it says.

Meanwhile, DUST/BLOKR® being able to very effectively eliminate unwanted fugitive dust from unpaved roads, certified to Boeing #D6-17487 Revision T (Airport Runway Approved) and U.S. EPA Safer Choice Certified.

Both products are water-based non-hazardous, environmentally friendly and biodegradable liquids. Applicable to a wide range of road and material types.

Andrew Sheen Chief Greenxecutive Officer of Greenway, the local distributor for Cypher products, in a statement said: “Introduction of Cypher products was an obvious choice considering low cost of implementation and keep roads in natural look”.

Cambodia trials new Canadian technology to maintain unpaved roads
Cambodia’s has approximately 50,000KM of unpaved roads.

“Our solution used in over 50 countries with great results and highly positive feedback from customers. In December 2021 in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development of Cambodia we successfully completed our first public demo road,” he added.

Anna Shekhovtsova, Chief Relationship Officer commented: “What do we do: use advanced, green technology to keep them not dusty, stabilize roads to make them last longer? Yes but it is not only that. Eventually, we help to improve the quality of daily life for people. Bad roads make people poorer.”

The company is open for collaboration with all international and local organizations promoting environmentally friendly infrastructure solutions in Cambodia. Global knowledge and experience applied while deep local engagement is a key to solve such a huge, significant mission as road network improvement.

Roads and economic development in Cambodia

Improving Cambodia’s currently low-grade road network, especially in its rural communities, is considered a vital investment to provide economic, health and education opportunities to all of Cambodia.

To address these challenges, the government has developed a national plan to build high-quality, sustainable, and climate-resilient infrastructure that can accommodate the country’s population and employment growth by 2030.

Both the Cambodian government as well as development organizations have been investing in Cambodia’s road network however the development has been plagued with budget blowouts, poor quality standards and delays.

Some of the common issues are builders do not have up-to-date technologies, and roads are often built by untrained labourers who lack supervision.

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