Butajira-Gubre asphalt concrete road built with the principal of 800 million Birr was inaugurated by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.
Construction of the road cutting the 1,300metre high Zebider mountain ranges by indigenous Sunshine Construction Companyhas indicated that local contractors' capacity is growing, said the premier.
Ethiopian Transport Minister, Workineh Gebeyehu also appreciated the efforts of local contractors in saving the nation's foreign exchange by winning more similar contracts these days.
The road shortens the former Butajira-Addis Ababa-Wolkitie 250 km distance to 82 km. Formerly it was necessary to cover a distance of 250km through Addis Ababa and Alemgena to travel from eastern town of Butajira in Gurage Zone to reach the zone's capital, Wolkitie.
Sunshine Construction Company General Manager, Samuel Taffese urged the government to continue encouraging and supporting local contractors. The 82 km Butajira-Gubre asphalt concrete road is said to make the economic and social contact of formerly isolated east and west Gurage communities easier