The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) signed on for the design and construction of three road projects.
One was for the design and construction of the Addis Ababa- Adama Toll Motorway Phase II, Lebu Akaki- IT Park Outer ring project. The other two were construction contracts for the Gashena-Lalibela- Sekota road and Zagora Gassay Road.
The signing ceremony took place at ERA headquarters on January, 16, 2014 in front of witnesses and members of the media. All three contracts, which were each awarded to Chinese companies, are expected to be completed within two years. The funds for the three projects were obtained as a loan from the Exim Bank of China.
The Addis Ababa- Adama road contract was awarded to China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) for a staggering sum of 4.6 billion birr. This road will be 28km long and have three lanes each 3.5 meters wide. The road will have three interchanges at Tulu Dimitu, Akaki and Lebu.
The Gashena- Sekota Road will be constructed by China Railway No.3 Engineering Group Co. Ltd for 1.4 Billion birr. The road will be nearly 90km long with a seven meter wide divider. Gashena is located in Northern Ethiopia.
The Zagora- Gassay Road is estimated to cost 485 million Birr and will be constructed by China Railway Seventh Group Co. Ltd. It will be 44Km long and also have a seven meter wide divider with a 3.5 meter wide space for parking on the left side.
The agreements were signed by Zaid W.Gebriel, Director General of ERA, Zhou Yongsheng for CCCC, Wang Guanghui, representing China Railway Seventh Group Co. Ltd and Zhao Sanbao, China Railway No.3 Engineering Group Co. Ltd of the Ethiopia branch.