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A truck driving the wrong way down the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, in a warning photo posted by the road's operator.

Sihanoukville Expressway’s First Month Sees Chaotic Driving

In its inaugural toll-free month, the Phnom Penh-Sihanouk Expressway received about 20,000 vehicles daily and no shortage of growing pains, with some drivers speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road and stopping in the emergency lane to take pictures, a spokesperson for the Transport Ministry said Friday.

‘No Axes’ Signs on New Expressway Raise Eyebrows

As the new Sihanoukville expressway opened over the weekend, one set of road signs stood out: an apparent directive for “no axes,” which a company official later explained was meant to remind motorists to not cut down forests along the road.

Government officials pointing at barbed wire fencing along the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway. (Ministry of Transportation)

Expressway Residents Cut Fence to Sell Food to Motorists

Final checks ahead of Saturday’s Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway opening have found residents cutting barbed wire fencing so they can graze cows by the road and sell food to motorists, the Transport Ministry said.

A photo of the damaged car posted on July 11 to the Phnom Sruoch district police's Facebook page.

Head-On Crash on Unfinished Expressway Injures Six

The Transport Ministry has “never allowed” anyone to use the under-construction Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway — but motorists are using it anyway, leading to repeated accidents including a head-on collision on Monday that injured six people.