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Old July 21st, 2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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[ET] Egypt | road infrastructure • الطرق السريعة و المزدوجة في مصر

This thread is for all dual carriageways in Egypt. I am being flexible with the term because it is very hard to define standards for motorways/freeways (and most of Egypt's network would probably not comply with any standard anyway ) but within Egypt most dual carriageways are regarded as 'highways' call them as you will.

First I'd like to share a self-made map showing dual carriageways in Egypt:
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Old July 21st, 2009, 10:01 PM   #2
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Photos & Videos

Cairo
Ring Road

http://www.youtube.com/v/Nv2tmc-f5T0

Salah Salem (one of the longest, busiest, most important limited access roads in Cairo)
http://www.youtube.com/v/yhYycD5Owfc

Cairo-Bilbeis Toll Station


Cairo-Fayoum (notice the u-turn signs in the background which are common)


Cairo-Alexandria (Desert Road)





Alexandria - Matruh (part of the 'International Coastal Road' which is a 1000-km freeway following the mediterranean coast from Libya to Palestine)
[couldn't find any photos for some reason... (!)]

Wadi el Natroun road


Ismailia-Port Said and part of the mediterranean highway (at first what you see is the suez canal, then the salt lakes of north-east egypt)
http://www.youtube.com/v/QmlzcRoQytE

Southern Egypt
http://www.youtube.com/v/SVKkS0zIsI8

Bridge across the Suez Canal


Red Sea Coast

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Old July 21st, 2009, 11:55 PM   #3
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Nice! (it's "carriageway", btw) Here's the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel under the Suez Canal, connecting Africa with Asia:

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Old July 22nd, 2009, 07:23 PM   #4
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I love your toll booths, very aesthetic... the one in Alexandria is Greek-style and I also saw another one somewhere else - it looked like some sort of ancient temple.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 10:39 PM   #5
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As a Greek, I feel honoured and proud for the people of Egypt for writing Alexandria in Greek (ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΕΙΑ) along with Arabic; thus stating the origins of this magnificent city.
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Old July 24th, 2009, 01:54 PM   #6
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Nice thread !

Also glad to see that Alexandreia entrance !
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Old July 25th, 2009, 02:15 AM   #7
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As a Greek, I feel honoured and proud for the people of Egypt for writing Alexandria in Greek (ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΕΙΑ) along with Arabic; thus stating the origins of this magnificent city.
it's not the only thing written in greek in alex



in fact there was a large greek community there until recently, and a smaller one still remains, so there are greek orthodox churches as well
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Old July 25th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #8
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Nice pics.
I can't see the map you made though.
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Old July 25th, 2009, 06:13 PM   #9
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Isn't Egypt "ET", btw?
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Old July 26th, 2009, 12:16 AM   #10
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Isn't Egypt "ET", btw?
Yeah, like in "phone home".
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I know.
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Old July 27th, 2009, 06:20 AM   #12
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Isn't Egypt "ET", btw?
that's the map i was trying to post - no idea why it wouldnt show up
i've only ever seen egypt abbreviated to EG or EGY - is the rule on this forum to always use the first and last letter?
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that's the map i was trying to post - no idea why it wouldnt show up
i've only ever seen egypt abbreviated to EG or EGY - is the rule on this forum to always use the first and last letter?
No, we are using the country codes defined in international stardards for license plates. They are also used (in some european countries) on direction signs when indicating cities in other countries.

Here you can find the list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...se_plate_codes
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Egypt is abbreviated as EG or EGY .

They are upgrading the Cairo-Alexandria road to become a freeway in accordance to international standards. I have some pics of the construction update, and I should post them some time next week

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That's neat. I've been on that highway, it's not a freeway but it's as close as it gets to one. It appears that the Cairo ringroad is also completely grade-separated.
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Yeah, and 8 lanes too. But it has a gap on the western side of Cairo near the pyramids.
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I think highway runs more south along the Nile. However it is 12 meters wide road and it is divided with only one white line.
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I think highway runs more south along the Nile. However it is 12 meters wide road and it is divided with only one white line.
The map only includes roads with an artificial barrier in the middle; i.e. dual carriageway. i'm working on a more complete roadmap for the arab world including egypt
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The letters in this toll station are in Greek? I am impressed, Bravo well done Egypt
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Cairo-Alexandria-Matrouh Highway Project

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Cairo-Alexandria-Matrouh Free Highway is one of the most vital arteries of the highway network in Egypt, linking the largest and most important port in Egypt with the Capital and serving the internal trade movement between them. As well as serving the urban development in the West Delta, its desert expansion and touristic activities in the North Coast. Therefore, the authority transfers into a free highway to meet the economic requirements of coming phase. Thus, the company has gained a great confidence in the execution of free highways in Egypt and abroad. Therefore, the General Authority for Roads and Bridges contracted with the company for the implementation of the development of the 1st Phase (sector I and II)
First: (first phase - the primary sector): the development of the Cairo-Alexandria-Matrouh road to turn it into a free Highway.
(From kilo 26 to kilo 51) and raise its efficiency. Besides; the works include the addition of a serving road, road beautification and the establishment of the required industrial works to prevent the u-turn. By this, it will be a free highway with a maximum speed 120 km/h.
The project scope of works: earthworks - paving - construction - lighting and power - agriculture and irrigation – varied works).
2. Contract Value: EGP 237 million.
3. Contract Value (inc. additional and recent works): EGP 495 million.
Second: (first phase - the second sector): The development and expansion of Cairo – Alexandria - Matrouh existing road to turn it into a free Highway (from kilo 51 to kilo 76) and raise its efficiency. Besides; the works include the addition of a serving road, road beautification and the establishment of the required industrial works to prevent the u-turn. By this, it will be a free highway with a maximum speed 120 km/h.
The project scope of works: earthworks - paving - construction - lighting and power - agriculture and irrigation – varied works).
2. Contract Value: EGP 210 million.
3. Contract Value (inc. additional and recent works): EGP 409 million.
http://www.arabcont.com/english/proj...nProgress=True

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Construction is on-going on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, the first of four stages set to turn it into an international freeway, paving the way towards developing the interstate transportation system.

The entire transformation process will cost an estimated LE 1.5 billion. The first stage will include excavation and construction work across 50 kilometers with a price tag of LE 443 million.

Minister of Transport Mohamed Mansour explained that the new freeway was in line with the ministry’s strategy to upgrade Egypt’s transportation network by establishing roads and highways meeting international standards in a bid to facilitate movement for passengers and cargo.

Arab Contractors Company will implement the entire project, expected to be completed in 36 months. Construction will first begin on the side lanes to avoid congestion on the road during summertime.

The new Cairo-Alexandria Freeway will have bigger lanes and better lighting, telephone booths, ambulance and emergency services, as well as rest stops every 40 kilometers.

Residential buildings and compounds situated on both sides of the freeway will be fenced with concrete barriers in an effort to decrease the occurrence of traffic accidents resulting from pedestrians crossing the road. Intersections and u-turn will also be redesigned in a way that does not disturb oncoming traffic, similar to the layout of the Cairo-Ain Sokhna road.
http://www.thedailynewsegypt.com/art...ArticleID=8450

This one of the most important projects in Egypt.

For those of you who didnt understand the articles, the plan is to upgrade the current Cairo-Alexandria-Matrouh "highway", to a full scale mulit-lane, highway, motorway, freeway (or wahtever you want to call it) to international standards.

I use this road every summer to get to my beach house on the North Coast, and this summer whilst passing through the Burger King Drive thru, I was given a pamphlet about the project. This pamphlet had AMAZING renders, I was !!! The plan includes making the main highway into 4 lanes, with a seperate 2 lane side road. The plan also includes several fly-overs, bridges, tunnels, and massive 4-leaf clover interchanges near Alexandria and Cairo! The renders looked fantastic, I was literally lost at words!

However I lost the pamhplet And i feel like an idiot now. So to make it up to you guys, I took some photos of the construction progress.

So far, they have repaved some sections of the highway and added lighting. Also, construction work has started on the side roads, and fly-overs and interchages. They have also constructed several new ambulance stations. The 4 leaf clover interchange however, I did not see.

All pics taken by me :

Re-pavement and lighting works:
(in the pics some are completed and some are not)













Construction on the side-roads:





Construction on the fly-overs, interchanges:

Look carefully at this photo. The "black thing" on the left of the pic is a support beam for a future fly-over :







Several Ambulance stations were constructed:







Here are some of the main things I remember from the pamphlet:

1. There are plans for a 4- leaf clover interchange at Cairo and Alexandria.

2. At the section where Smart Village meets the Cairo-Alex highway, they plan to make and interchang which involves a tunnel under the highway, and rises at the gates of smart village

3. Where the Cairo-Alex highway meets Wadi El Natroun, they plan to make an interchange.

3. The Cairo-Alexandria part of the project is expected to be completed towards the mid/end of 2010.

4. The rest of the poject is due to be completed by 2012.

I am really disappointed I could not show you the renders, as they really were priceless.

Some photos from Arab Contractors webiste:













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