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Old May 23rd, 2010, 08:45 PM   #561
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Old June 19th, 2010, 02:37 PM   #562
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When is the exact opening date of A7 Marrakech - Agadir? French Wikipedia states June 2010.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 02:45 PM   #563
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Early 2011 ? I think
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Old June 20th, 2010, 02:53 AM   #564
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Old June 20th, 2010, 02:59 AM   #565
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Old June 20th, 2010, 04:45 AM   #566
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When is the exact opening date of A7 Marrakech - Agadir? French Wikipedia states June 2010.
For this june. We don't know excatly when. King is know in North. But Saudi King left in Agadir yesterday. Maybe next wek. Until 10 days maximum.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 03:57 PM   #567
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The Saudi king arrived in Agadir yesterday, but he was received only by the Moroccan king's younger brother. For an infrastructure investment like this in Morocco, it's customary that the king inaugurate it. He's currently at Nador, but he could go to Agadir with just a few hours notice. Some unconfirmed sources in the Moroccan forum say that it will open tomorrow, Monday. But as Gadiri says, it's most likely that traffic will begin to flow before the end of the month in order to accomodate the large number of Moroccan expatriates returning for the summer holidays.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 12:22 AM   #568
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Good news !

The Highway Marrakech - Agadir will open in this month !

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Old June 21st, 2010, 02:53 AM   #569
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The Highway Marrakech - Agadir will open in this month !

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Next Friday!
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Old June 21st, 2010, 06:52 PM   #570
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Opened by King's brother !

Now, Tanger-Agadir, less than 7 hours !

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Le Prince Moulay Rachid préside l'inauguration de l'autoroute Marrakech-Agadir
Un investissement de près de 8 milliards de DH.


SAR le Prince Moulay Rachid a présidé, lundi dans la commune de M'zoudia (province de Chichaoua), l'inauguration de l'autoroute Marrakech-Agadir, d'une longueur de 225 kilomètres, pour un investissement de près de 8 milliards de DH.

Le Prince Moulay Rachid a coupé le ruban inaugural de l'autoroute, après avoir suivi la présentation du projet par le ministre le ministre de l'Equipement et du Transport, M. Karim Ghellab, et le directeur général de la société des autoroutes du Maroc, M. Othmane Fassi-Fihri.

A cette occasion, M. Ghellab a présenté à Son Altesse Royale un livre sur l'autoroute Marrakech-Agadir.

Par la suite, SAR le Prince Moulay Rachid a emprunté l'autoroute sur 200 mètres aller-retour en voiture.

La réalisation de l'autoroute Marrakech-Agadir, qui a nécessité 4 millions de journées de travail, aura de multiples retombées sur les régions de Marrakech et d'Agadir notamment le développement du secteur touristique et des activités agricoles, l'accompagnement des aménagements industriels, l'augmentation des exportations à travers le renforcement des échanges commerciaux avec l'Europe, et l'attractivité des investissements étrangers.

Cette autoroute, lancée en janvier 2006 par SM le Roi Mohammed VI, permettra également d'atténuer l'enclavement d'une région à fort potentiel économique et de relier deux pôles touristiques importants du Maroc.

Par cette nouvelle liaison autoroutière, le temps du trajet Tanger- Agadir, qui se faisait auparavant en plus de 14 heures, est désormais réduit de moitié.

L'autoroute Marrakech- Agadir dessert, en plus de ces deux villes, Chichaoua et le Centre urbain d'Imintanout. Elle est composée de six sections fonctionnelles: bifurcation de Marrakech- échangeur de Marrakech Ouest, Marrakech ouest- Chichaoua, Chichaoua- Imintanout, Imintanout- Argana, Argana- Amskroud, et Amskroud- Agadir.

Cette autoroute comprend également un tunnel d'une longueur de 562 mètres, 13 viaducs d'une longueur totale de 2.921 m, 90 ponts et 55 passages pour piétons et pour véhicules.

Ces ouvrages ont nécessité la mise en oeuvre de 370.000 m3 et près de 45.000 tonnes d'acier.

Le relief montagneux traversé a généré un volume de terrassements très important puisqu'il a fallu réaliser plus de 37,5 millions de déblais et 27 millions de remblai, soit un total de près de 70 millions de m3.

La chaussée de cet axe a nécessité 380 tonnes de bitume, près de 2 millions de matériaux concassés et 2,1 millions de tonnes d'enrobés bitumineux.

A son arrivée, SAR le Prince Moulay Rachid a passé en revue un détachement des forces auxiliaires qui rendait les honneurs avant d'être salué par M. Karim Ghellab, les walis des régions Marrakech-Tensift- El Haouz et Souss-Massa-Drâa, respectivement MM. Mohamed Mhidia et Mohamed Boussaid, le président de la région de Marrakech-Tensift- El Haouz, M. Hamid Narjiss et le gouverneur de la province de Chichaoua, M. Abdelfettah Lebjioui.

Le Prince Moulay Rachid a également été salué par le président de la région d'Agadir, M. Brahim Hafidi, le colonel-major Mohamed Ouadi, commandant délégué de la place d'armes de Marrakech, le colonel-major Mohamed Khaled, commandant délégué de la place d'armes d'Agadir, ainsi que par M. Othmane Fassi-Fihri, Mme Amani Abouzayed, représentante de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) au Maroc, l'ambassadeur du Portugal à Rabat, M. Joao Rosa, et les cadres du ministère de l'Equipement et du Transport ayant contribué à la mise en oeuvre du projet.

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Old June 21st, 2010, 07:18 PM   #571
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So all part of the motorway from Marrakech to Agadir is open from today? Or is it only a part of that motorway?
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Amazing. This has to be one of the biggest single road openings of the last decade in Europe or Africa. 225 km!
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Old June 21st, 2010, 07:34 PM   #574
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That's very nice! That means from now its possible to go from Europe to Agadir only with motorway, except from the ferry from Algeciras to Tanger. That's very good for Agadir to have this connection with Europe. Congratulations for you new motorway Agadir!
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Old June 21st, 2010, 07:37 PM   #575
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Old June 21st, 2010, 08:57 PM   #577
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A Strait of Gibraltar fixed link would be quite an engineering challenge. First of all, the Strait of Gibraltar is MUCH deeper than the English Channel, up to 900 meters deep. This doesn't support pillars, thus the main span of a suspension bridge would have to be incredible, much bigger than anything we know.

A tunnel is also an option, but requires a longer route via an area that is less deep. Currently, the proposal is to construct a rail tunnel, but I don't think that's a viable idea, considering the Eurotunnel troubles, plus most Moroccans living in Europe travel by car, not by train. If you don't build a rail tunnel, it saves considerably in operational cost (less subsidies, you can toll cars € 100, but it is not accepted to have a 20 km train fare that is € 100).

Another downside of a train tunnel would mean it's length, because trains cannot take grades generally over 2 - 3%, the approaches would have to be much longer than the actual section under water. That would add an additional 20 - 25 kilometers of tunnel besides the section that is actually under water.

A road tunnel that descends and ascends 300 meters is not easy, but it has been done before, several Norwegian sub-sea tunnels reach lower than -200 meters.
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Oh, today already? Cool! Probably one of the most needed roads in all of Morocco. Two large towns with a high degree of trade. Some 40-50 percent of the traffic on the old road consisted of trucks. It was a very dangerous road to drive, very narrow, a lot of bends and also a lot of wreckless drivers. I drove it once, in 2002, and never again. With the new motorway I might once again consider traveling to the pearl of the Moroccan south

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Amazing. This has to be one of the biggest single road openings of the last decade in Europe or Africa. 225 km!
Well, not quite true. The first part, 50 kms long, opened in January of 2009 so the length of the road opened today was "only" 183 kms. Next year the whole road from Fez to Oujda will open at the same time. That's 320 kms like that. The only thing even close must be the east-west autoroute in Algeria. But even that has been opened bit by bit, and not in one large section of more than 320 kms I think.

Funny thing about the Algerian motorway is that they've built it all the way to the border, whereas the Moroccans are only connecting Oujda to the autoroute. The border has been closed since 1994 so the Algerian part from the last interchange to the border will of course be deserted, and even if they open the border it will take years before the Moroccan side is opened.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 06:55 AM   #579
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That's very nice! That means from now its possible to go from Europe to Agadir only with motorway, except from the ferry from Algeciras to Tanger. That's very good for Agadir to have this connection with Europe. Congratulations for you new motorway Agadir!
Around Rabat, we have a speedway, not an highway. But a bypass highway of 45km will opened in 2014 !

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