The Ethiopian Road Authority (ERA) awarded projects totaling 145.9km to four contractors, three of which are local.
The roads are part of the GTP II and are expected to create job opportunities for over 1,500 citizens.
Amahara, Gambela, Benishangul and Southern Nations and Nationalities and People’s (SNNP) regions are the locations for the new roads. It is estimated that they will take 42 months to be constructed.
China Railway Seventh Group Co, LTD will be paid 960.1 million birr to pave 76km of road in the Abebbo area in Gambela. The 7km wide road will benefit agricultural businesses including Saudi Star Agro Development PLC.
A 36 Km long and seven meter wide asphalt road connecting Asossa-Dalti-Baruda will be constructed by Senan Construction at a cost of 227.4 million birr. The road is expected to make trade more efficient and easier.
Another local contractor YNCOMAD also signed a 777.07 million birr contract to construct a 29 km Sai-Maji road in SNNP. When this road is completed it will connect people living around Surma, Kuma, Timdebab, and Chiwet rivers, while also connecting Gamo Gofa and Bench Maji zones.
Driba Defersha General Contractors won a 212.1 million birr bid to construct a 4.9km asphalt road in Debre Markos.
A signing ceremony for the road projects was held on December 7 in the ERA office. Araya Girmay, ERA Director; Bekahegn Mekonen CEO of Senan; Li Chuan, Country representative of China Railway Seventh Group; Yimeru Nega, CEO of YNCOMAD and Driba Defersha, CEO of Driba Defersha General Contractor attended the event.
Araya Girmay expects the roads to be completed on time. He pointed out that during this fiscal year, 4,945km of roads have been built in the country.