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• The total cost of project is about 900 million birr
• 60 percent of the road is built
The Sodo-Arbaminch project is finally expected to be completed on schedule after it resumed with a new design in the past fiscal year.
The project, was launched six years ago, to upgrade the gravel road to asphalt but has been delayed for long due to design problems.
Samson Wondimu, Communications Directorate Director at Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA), told Capital that the project is now under construction with a new design from Associated Engineering Consultants (AEC), a local consultant firm.
The project was affected by frequent natural disasters resulting from the rainy season, causing problems that were the main reason for project delays.
Currently, the new revised design includes two new bridges and other culverts and drainage systems that can survive the flood of water that come from highland areas during the rainy season. According to Samson, the road has now been raised higher than its previous design.
Demisse Melaku Construction (DMC) PLC has entered into contract agreement with the Ethiopian Roads Authority for the construction of the Alaba-Sodo-Arbaminch road project. The project is entirely located within the Southern Nations and Nationalities and Peoples’ Region.
The communication head stated that the project is now on schedule and is expected to be completed on time. The project was awarded to the contractor at the cost of 900 million birr.
The road starts in Humbo village, approximately 17 km from Wolaita Sodo town (Sodo town is located 380km from Addis Ababa and can be reached by branching off to the left at Alemgena through the Butajira-Hossana-Sodo road), and extends to the Kulfo River Bridge, in Arbaminch Town. The road extends 106 km through the southern part of the country.
Though originally scheduled to be completed in one year, the road has been under construction for the past six years, according to Samson.
Out of the total 106km construction project, 31 km has been newly designed and awarded to DMC construction PLC. Out of the remaining 75 km, 60 km of road have been completed, according to Samson.
Sections of the main road involve the rehabilitation of the existing asphalt surfaces into a two lane flexible surface with 7 a metre carriageway width and 1.50 metre shoulders on each side.
Upon the completion of the project, it is expected that the road will enhance socioeconomic development in the area, assist with administrative and social services coverage in the region and accelerate the economic growth of the country.
Throughout the construction, supervision and contract administration has been carried out by AEC consultants.
Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (COST), which is a multi sector initiative designed to increase transparency and accountability in the construction sector, and aims to enhance the accountability of procuring bodies and construction companies for the cost and the quality of public construction projects has engaged an Assurance Team (AT) to collect, verify and analyze MPI (Material Project information) for the project.