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The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) on November 30th signed deals for six road projects, with five foreign based firms. The construction will cost about five billion birr and results in 331kms of road, and linking three trade corridors.
The first two projects relate to the construction of the Bedele- Metu 112km asphalt project, divided into two phases. The first phase, 61kms to be constructed by a Yemeni firm Hawk International Finance and Construction Private Limited Company at a cost of 696.6 million birr, while the second section consisting of 51kms, will cost 610 million birr and is set to be constructed by the China Water and Electricity Corporation (CWEC), Both projects are expected to be finished in three years and are fully financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and are the last sections of the Addis Ababa- Gambella- South Sudan border projects. The government of Ethiopia plans to have a strong economic relationship with the newly independent oil rich republic of South Sudan, and as such these road projects are part of this strategy.
The other three projects are part of the Addis Ababa- Nairobi-Mombasa port economic corridor, with the first project being the 66kms asphalt Hawassa – Chiko project, to be constructed at a cost of 958.9 million birr by an Indian firm S.W.E Construction Private Limited Company, while Hawk International Finance and Construction PLC yet again bags another project costing 786.7 million birr, the 60kms Chiko- Yirga Chaffe asphalt road project.
The last section of the project signed was the 72kms asphalt Yirga Chafee- Hageremariam, road project, to be constructed at a cost of about 994.7 million birr, by an Egyptian firm Arab Contractors Private Limited Company.
All of the above mentioned projects are also financed by AfDB, and are expected to have a construction duration period of three years.
The last road project contract signed was the Mille-Logia and Semera- Dubti asphalt road widening project, each 10 and 11 kms long, and expected to have their road width doubled to 28 kms including a pedestrian walkway, a contract won by a Chinese firm Xienngsi Zhongnay Engineering Group PLC at a cost of 77.3 million birr, with a project duration period of two years, and fully financed by the Ethiopian Government.
Once finished, it is expected to lessen road accidents on the congested Addis- Djibouti port road corridor and will allow for the smooth functioning of road traffic on that line.