Addis Fortune (Addis Ababa)

9 March 2014

Ethiopia: Addis to Get Connected to New Highway

The construction of two road projects covering 28.1km that link the Addis Abeba-Adama Highway with Addis Abeba in two directions has been launched, the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) announced.

The Akaki-IT Park/Goro/ and Akaki-Lebu roads are being undertaken at a cost of over 4.6 billion Br, ERA said. The 14.5-kms Akaki-IT Park (Goro) project links the Addis Abeba-Adama Highway with the eastern and northeastern part of Addis Abeba, while the 13.6-kms Akaki- Lebu road will interconnect the road with western and northwestern Addis Abeba.

The construction of the roads, which will have six lanes, includes the construction of six big bridges, four interchanges and a railway crossing, among others. Some 75 pc of the total cost for construction of the roads will be covered by the China EXIM Bank and the balance by the government. The projects are scheduled to be completed within 33 months.

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