ETHIOPIA BUILDING 300-KM ASPHALT ROAD TO LINK ETHIOPIA, KENYA

The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) says construction of the Hawassa-Hagere Mariam, Hagere Mariam-Yabelo and Mega-Moyale concrete-asphalt road projects which will link the country with Kenya is now in full swing.

The road projects, covering a total distanxe of about 300 kilometres, will cost some 5.0 billion Birr (about 235 million US dollars), says ERA Public Relations Director Samson Wondimu.

He told the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) Thursday that different sections of the road were being constructed by companies from India, Yemen and Egypt. The capacity limitations of the contractors and issues related to boundary demarcations with land owners are major hurdles being confronted in the project.

The road is expected to foster economic integration between Ethiopia and Kenya by providing swift access to border areas and to increase productivity and trade between the two countries, Samson said, adding that the roads were expected to open for traffic in a year’s time.

He also noted that the road is a component of the Cairo-Cape Town trans-Africa Highway envisaged to connect the north and south of Africa. On the Kenya in Moyale, a one-stop border post would be completed by May this year, according to media reports.

Source: ENA