A quarter done

There is a practical way for cutting across Boeng Tumpoan to Ta Khmao now with at least 1/4 of the Hun Sen highway unofficially finished.

View from Boeng Trabek pumping station

Construction entrance off of 271

Construction road entrance (already being used)

North end of the road

Construction connection to the ‘highway’

North end of the highway (H.S. Radar tower in the background)

Unfortunate houses (blocking the way for connection to 271)

Looking south down the Hun Sen Blvd.

Looking south down the Hun Sen Blvd.

Plots of land already being developed on the side of the new highway

Looking south down the Hun Sen Blvd.

ISPP’s new school being built beside the highway

Connection road to highway 2 between PP and Ta Khmao

ISPP’s new school under construction beside the road

A new factory going up on reclaimed land beside the road

South end of the road so far (more lake infilling required now)

South end of the road

Looking north along the Hun Sen Blvd.

Front entrance to that factory mentioned earlier

Typical construction plot on infilled portion of Boeng Tumpoan

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Taking Shape

Although it’s not easy to see, the Hun Sen highway is taking shape. With progress comes the filling in of large parts of Boeng Tumpoan lake. This is nothing new – lakes in the PP region have all undergone the same sort of development. This one is several times bigger than Boeng Kak however, and much less in the media.

Lake filling near the north-east corner

Lake filling near the north-east corner

Lake filling near the north-east corner

Road taking shape towards Phnom Penh (to connect with 271 near Monivong bridge)

Road taking shape at the south end of the lake west of Ta Khmao

South end of the lake looking towards PP

Road taking shape at the south end of the lake west of Ta Khmao

Filling in near the south end of Boeng Tumpoan lake

Quietly filling in

Why is no one talking about Boeng Tumpoan getting filled in. I just flew into PP and gasped – there is a massive portion of the lake filled in to make way for the Hen Sen Blvd.

Sandy portions seen from above

Filled in sandy portions seen from above

Sandy portions seen from above

Construction entrance to lake off of 271 dyke rd

Construction entrance to lake off of 271 dyke rd

On the sand dune looking onto the north end of the lake

Climbing over the sand dunes

Water hole in the sand

The location for the new ISPP school is on the lake too – they have their own piece of reclaimed lake

The ISPP claimed section of the lake

More Lake Filling Begins (south of town now)

There are 2 locations now where sand is being pushed into Boeng Tumpoan to make way for the new roads across the lake. The first is near the north entrance to Hen Sen Blvd. This can be seen on the south side of St. 271 not too far west of the Monivong Bridge. The second can be seen near the Thailand-Cambodia garment factory about 2km south of the Monivong Bridge.

Start of Hen Sen Blvd exiting from St. 271 dike road

Start of Hen Sen Blvd exiting from St. 271 dike road

Sand pushed out into Boeng Tumpon lake looking south from St. 271

Sand pile in the lake making way for Hen Sen Blvd. construction

Sand pile in the lake making way for Hen Sen Blvd. construction

Sand pile in the lake making way for Hen Sen Blvd. construction

Sand pushed out into the lake 2km south of Monivong Bridge near Thailand Cambodia garment factory

Sand pushed out into the lake 2km south of Monivong Bridge near Thailand Cambodia garment factory

Sand pushed out into the lake 2km south of Monivong Bridge near Thailand Cambodia garment factory

Sand pile in the lake making way for Hen Sen Blvd. construction

Boeng Tumpoan

Here are some pictures of Lake (Boeng) Tumpoan which will surely change as a result of the network of roads that are planned to crisscross the area.

View from 371 on the way to Choeng Ek

Dry season path out to the lake

The lake is used primarly for fishing and water gardens

Checking the plants in rainy season

Stilted houses seen from road 371

Morning glory rows floating on the lake

Dry season path into the lake

Floating houses on the lake

Boeng Tumpoan waterfall (flowing in from Boeng Trabek)

Hun Sen Boulevard

Lakes, swamps and lagoons around Phnom Penh are all being affected by city growth. None is as big as Boeng Tumpoan (south of Phnom Penh) and now a network of roads will criss-cross the lake, the most notable being the new Hun Sen Blvd. Which will go from Kbal Thnal (Monivong bridge area) south across the lake to connect with highway 2 south-west of Ta Khmao. There will also be a new road from just north of Choeng Ek Killing Fields to just north of Ta Khmao. Lastly a small road will connect from St. 371 near Dombok Khpuos Pagoda and will head east to connect to Hwy 2 a couple kilometers south of Kbal Thnal.

North connection of Hun Sen Blvd. at Kbal Thnal

South connection of Hun Sen Blvd to Highway 2 south-west of Ta Khmao

Only a small image available but it’s possible to see a proposed map of the area across Boeng Tumpoan lake

Construction sign at the south end of the lake showing the main north-south backbone plans

New roads across the lake