PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) Construction on a third bridge in Cambodia to be built with official development assistance began Saturday on a route crossing the Mekong River to Vietnam.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, said the planned 2,240-meter bridge will be the longest and “most beautiful” in the country.

The structure, 37.5 meters above the river at its highest point, will provide a direct transportation link to Vietnam.

The new bridge is at the Neak Loeung River Crossing, 56 km southeast of Phnom Penh. Construction is expected to end in February 2015.

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