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Old January 8th, 2012, 11:08 PM   #101
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$60mil on 4 km road? ...Addis-Awassa road cost was $250mil (by Dragados, EU)and 130km road in wellega-B.Gumuz cost was around $43mil(by Chinese). These road are critical for economy of the country. But, $60 mil on 4km? ...that money should be used to build a road from one of major city in the S.West to Benchmaji/Bonga/... where huge raw materials and goods from that part of the country don't reach the big market because of the horrible(no) road.

Classic!
Just look at the amount of money you've just posted. Why on earth a corrupt dictator (including his wife) & his WOYANE party of course, bother to usher you with project after projects....the funny part is, you are giving pros & cons on WOYANE's achievements - aren't you the one who want them to vanish from the face of the earth...../ or are you trying to use Benchmaji/Bonga/ as a reason to occupy Arat Kilo?
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Old January 8th, 2012, 11:48 PM   #102
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$60mil on 4 km road? ...Addis-Awassa road cost was $250mil (by Dragados, EU)and 130km road in wellega-B.Gumuz cost was around $43mil(by Chinese). These road are critical for economy of the country. But, $60 mil on 4km? ...that money should be used to build a road from one of major city in the S.West to Benchmaji/Bonga/... where huge raw materials and goods from that part of the country don't reach the big market because of the horrible(no) road.
Here's a comparison with similar 6/8 lane highways that have multiple overpasses ... the Bole road still looks expensive...

Addis Ring Road: .................... 33 km ....... $86M (2004 dollars) ....... $2.6M/km
Addis - Adama: ..................... 80 km ....... $612M (2009 dollars) ....... $7.7M/km
Bole - Meskel Sq: ................... 4.5 km ....... $60M (2011 dollars) .......$13.3M/km

there might be some plausible reason for this, but they need to disclose that .......if they want to avoid speculations of waste and/or corruption ...
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Old January 9th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #103
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High anticipation for new roads
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Akir Construction Private Limited Company is set to finish, in the current Ethiopian fiscal year 2011/12, the 82Km Beredimtu-Imi gravel road. This is part of the much anticipated 360Km Ginir-Eme-Berdimitu –Gode highway, connecting the Bale region of the Oromia regional state to the Somali regional state.

The 82Km Beredimtu-Imi gravel road project, which includes several culverts and bridges, is expected to be finished and ready for traffic by June 2012 after three and half years of work. It will cost 497 million birr. Dana and Associates is the consulting company.

According to Melese Mamo, Construction manager of Akir, the project has so far encountered no safety issues. It will be seven meters wide in rural areas and 12 meters wide in cities.

The road project is expected to facilitate markets for the Somali regional farmers and semi-pastoralists that use the Wabishebelle river basin to produce fruits and other types of food items using irrigation methods.

Melese also said the road project, when completed, is expected to shorten the travel time to reach the areas particularly in the Somali region from the regional capital Jijiga.

In addition, Akir Construction has also started building the 65Km Debark-Buhayt (Semien Mountain National Park) asphalt road, in the Amhara regional state, at a total cost of just under 7 million birr. It is consulted by a local firm, Pan African consulting company.
Melese said the project will have seven meters of width in rural areas and 19 meters in urban areas.

However part of the road is being redesigned in order to pass through Mekane Birhan city in the Janomera Woreda, he said. The total length of the road could in total reach 85Km, which in turn could also affect the project cost.

The new road will replace the road that previously passed through the Semien Mountain National Park endangering the park’s wildlife and ecosystem. The park is designated by the United Nations Educational and Social Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an endangered natural site, Melese explained.

It will also have the additional benefit of giving tourists an alternative route, when they visit Semien Mountain National Park.
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Old January 9th, 2012, 05:57 PM   #104
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there might be some plausible reason for this, but they need to disclose that .......if they want to avoid speculations of waste and/or corruption ...[/QUOTE]

I think the bole road may be more expensive due to two underpasses and a high right-of-way acquisition cost. There also are a lot of underground utilities that have to be dealt with (this one is going to be challenging due to the underpasses in a bustling part of Addis). Assuming the bole road will be an 8 lane throughfare it works out about $1.74 million dollar per lane kilometer. Here in the Dallas area we build an urban road with all the works including landscaping and concrete pavement with about $1.3 million dollar per lane kilometer.

I argued on this board that the scope of the bole project appears to be bigger than what is needed. Properly designed traffic lights at Rwanda, Wollo Sefer and Olympia could have solved the problem. Underpasses will be a nightmare to maintain.

Again, I am saying all this by looking at the project from 60,000 ft. There may be some compelling reasons that made the city go by the existing plan. The PM office also thought the project price tag was too high eventhough they approved it at the end.
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Old January 9th, 2012, 09:33 PM   #105
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Old January 24th, 2012, 05:20 PM   #106
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Mojo-Hawassa Expressway (Toll Road)


MoFED looks for Mojo-Hawassa toll road financing

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) is to find out

if it will obtain financial support for the Mojo-Hawassa (Awassa) toll road project from the Korean government in the coming two months, Capital learnt.
Tilahun Tadesse, Director of Governments’ Cooperation Directorate of MoFED, told Capital that the ministry office that requested financial support from South Korea for the new expressway project in November 2011, believes support will be obtained shortly. “We informed them that we need to secure the finance straight away to enter into the project within a short period,” the director said. “Even though there needs to be political commitment from Korea, we expect to get final approval in two months time,” Tilahun added.
The director indicated that the solicited money is substantial but he declined to disclose the exact amount.
He also said that it is hard to determine how much progress has been made so far.
The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) is currently conducting a feasibility study to construct a parallel toll road that will stretch from Mojo to Hawassa. The study will help undertake a detailed design work of the new expressway that is assumed by ERA’s own staff.

The Southern Nation, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regional State capital, Hawassa, is 200 Km south of Mojo town and Mojo is 73 Km east of Addis Ababa. This 200 Km expressway is to become major high traffic highway like the 99 Km Addis-Adama road.

The Addis-Adama toll road, which is Ethiopia’s first expressway, is currently under construction by China Communications Construction Co (CCCC) at a cost of USD 612 million. Recently, ERA officials told Capital that the traffic flow on the route from Mojo to Hawassa is increasing. “This is the reason to launch the feasibility study for the new expressway,” they said.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 01:50 AM   #107
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Old February 14th, 2012, 03:33 AM   #108
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African Development Bank and Ethiopia signs 234.5 million US Dollars loan for Roads to better connect to South Sudan and Kenya.

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One of the roads to give the new South Sudanese market access to Ethiopian goods, Djibouti Port




Lamin G. Barrow (left), resident representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Ahmed Shide, state minister of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED), signed a loan agreement on Friday, February 2, 2012, at the headquarters of the MoFED.

In a bid to foster regional trade between Ethiopia and its neighbours, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has given a 234.5 million-dollar loan to the Ethiopian government for the upgrading and reconstruction of two roads to enable the county to connect with two of its neighbours.

The roads to be financed by the bank, include a 112km stretch from Bedele to Metu, which is part of the road network that will connect Addis Abeba with Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and a 197km road between Hawassa and Ageremariam, which is the part of Mombassa-Nairobi-Addis Abeba Road Corridor.


The loan agreement was signed between Ahmed Shide, state minister for the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED), and Lamin G. Barrow, a resident representative of the bank on Friday, February 3, 2012 at the headquarters of the latter, located on King Gorge IV Street.

The two roads will pass through Oromia and Southern regional states. For the Bedele-Metu Road, which will connect Aba Bora Zone with roads to the capital, the bank availed 64 million dollars. The road will open up the South Sudan market to Ethiopian goods and services and enable South Sudan to use Djibouti Port.

Out of the total, the largest amount loaned, 168 million dollars, is to be used for the upgrading and construction of the Hawasssa-Ageremariam Road, which is part of the Trans-African Highway network designed to promote regional trade and integration. This is the last section of the road corridor for completion, which will give Ethiopia access to Kenya’s Port of Mombasa.


“The Port will be of easier access than Djibouti Port for imports from South Africa and [will also provide access to] Uganda,” Abdu Mohammed, deputy director general for the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA), told Fortune.

The road corridor also aims at facilitating trade activity between the two influential East African countries, where trade has been low compared to other neighbouring countries because of the poor infrastructure, including the roads.

Indeed, Ethiopia’s trade with Kenya was only 56 million dollars whereas the latter’s trade was 527 million dollars with Tanzania and 739 million dollars with Uganda in 2010.

The infrastructural gaps have been identified as one of the hindrances of trade within Africa, in general, as they increase the cost of doing business. The issue received much emphasis during the African Union (AU) Summit, which was conducted in Addis Abeba, last week.

The construction of the 198km road from Hawassa to Aeremariam involves the rehabilitation of the bituminous standard road, including the construction of bridges and drainage structures, estimated to affect around 1,330 settlers in the south.

The road’s civil works are to be subdivided into three separate contracts, according to Abdu. The ERA, responsible for the construction, has evaluated companies in a prequalification tender and submitted the names of the companies selected to the AfDB for approval.

[B]The signing of this loan for the two roads has brought to a total of 500km the roads to be funded by the Bank in the country. The Bank also financed the road construction of the Ageremariam-Yabelo-Mega-Moyale Road. The construction of Ageremariam-Yabelo, which stretches 97km is being constructed at a cost of 740.6 million Br by an Egyptian contractor, while the 98km road from Yabelo to Mega is being conducted by a Chinese contractor for 770 million Br. However, for the 109km road from Mega to Moyale, contractors have not yet been selected, according to Abdu.

The Bank will also sign the same type of agreement with the Kenyan government for the construction of the final section on the Kenyan side, according to Barrow.[B]


By MAHLET MESFIN
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER



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Old February 15th, 2012, 04:16 AM   #109
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Road linking Northern Ethiopia with Djibouti expected to be finished in April

*Road leads to Potash deposits

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The Potash deposits of Afar are set to be accessible for mining companies and miners alike partly with the help of a 63Km Abala–Shaigube asphalt concrete road project being constructed at a cost of more than 707 million birr. The project is undertaken by Sur Construction Share Company and being supervised by a local consulting firm Net Consulting Engineers Private Limited Company. The road also connects Tigray regional state with Afar regional state.

According to Shabbir Hussain, contract administration division head at Sur Construction, the road project which started at the end of July 2010 is slated to be finished by January 2013. It will be seven meters wide with 1.5 meter shoulders on each side, meaning in total 10 meters wide.
He also said the project which has so far been 37 percent completed will be finished by the deadline although the design of seven bridges located in the road project has taken a while.

The road project is expected to have continuation projects such as the Agula- Shaigube- Berhale road and the Berhale- Dalol road, 70Km each respectively. The latter directly connects to the Dalol depression area which is currently under exploration for potash and other minerals by Canadian, Chinese and other mining companies.

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Old February 22nd, 2012, 12:03 AM   #110
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"New Major Road:- Linking West Oromia-Benishangul-Addis Ababa"

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Old February 22nd, 2012, 09:50 AM   #111
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Road linking Northern Ethiopia with Djibouti expected to be finished in April

*Road leads to Potash deposits
That's good news...Lemme look for news on "our" side of this road. That's part of the planned Tadjoura-Mekelle road right?
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Old February 25th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #112
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That's good news...Lemme look for news on "our" side of this road. That's part of the planned Tadjoura-Mekelle road right?
oh I didnt see this post, sorry Ras..yeah that road will connect Tigray st. and Afar st. so I think it is meant to continue onto Tadjoura.
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Old March 5th, 2012, 05:12 AM   #113
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Great update on google earth, addis nazret expressway project seems going very fast.










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Old March 5th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #114
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Wow! Thanks for the great pics Roha!

It definitely looks on track to complete by the end of 2013.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 07:54 AM   #115
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Addis -Adama express highway update on Walta Tv. start at 3:05 http://www.waltainfo.com/
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Old April 14th, 2012, 04:06 PM   #116
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Thanks Vildana - it's looking good so far. 31% completed.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 03:11 PM   #117
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some disturbing devlopment about AA-Adama express way.
http://www.ethiotube.net/video/19564...pleted-on-time
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Old May 5th, 2012, 04:21 PM   #118
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Glad to read the great progress made on the roads...
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Old May 7th, 2012, 08:31 AM   #119
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Old December 17th, 2012, 05:30 AM   #120
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Ethiopia: Multi-Billion Deal

Ethiopia: Multi-Billion Deal

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Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) signed a 3.9 billion Br project agreement with two Chinese contractors for 197Km road construction that will lead to Tana Beles Sugar Factory, which is under construction by the Ethiopian government, on November 22, 2012.

The first 100Km project, which stretches from Enjibara in Amhara Regional State to Pawi, located in Benishangul-Gumuz at a cost of 2.3 billion Br, is awarded to China Communication Construction Company (CCCC). The second project, which costs 1.6 billion Br, was also awarded to another Chinese construction company, CGCOC. This project also covers 97Km in Oromia and Afrar regional states.

The Authority is also in process of choosing consultant, which it will announce within the next one month, said Zayid Weldegebriel (middle), at the signing ceremony at the head office of ERA last week. The Managing Director of CCCC, Zhou Yongsheng (right front) Gao Lei (far left) managing director of CCCC also attended the ceremony.
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