East-South cross country road inaugurated


The Seru-Shenen River-Sheik Hussein road connecting three zones of the Oromia regional state has been inaugurated. The new route facilitates travel between the eastern and southern parts of the country, shortening the previously long commute.
The 59 km road, financed by the public treasury, is the first significant infrastructure project completed in the area.
According to the public relations department of the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA), the road is of gravel standard and eight bridges were also built.
The project was undertaken by two separate local contractors. Samson Cherenet General Contractor built the first 23 kilometers of the road leading to Seru, while Yoseph Teketel General Contractor built the remaining 36 kilometers. The project cost a total of 364 million birr.
ERA said that the road will facilitate travel to Dire Sheik Hussein, a popular religious destination, and to the natural caves of Sof Omar.
“It will increase the tourism activity in the area,” the authority said in a statement.
In the past fifteen years, Ethiopia registered remarkable results in road sector development, significantly increasing its road coverage. 
Road connections similar to Seru-Shenen River-Sheik Hussein are playing a significant role by connecting rural areas through new infrastructure. 
The roads authority disclosed that it will require 300 billion birr in the coming five years of the Growth and Transformation Plan II to materialize its targets in road sector development.
A new type of road was recently introduced to the country under GTP I. The first toll road, connecting Addis Ababa and Adama, has shortened the commute to less than an hour. More express roads are also expected to be built during GTP II, which will commence following the end of GTP I.
According to ERA’s plan, a toll road running from Hawassa to Mojo, and an extension to the Addis-Adama express way to Awash, are priorities of GTP II.