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Old March 16th, 2015, 10:42 AM   #61
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Old March 16th, 2015, 10:44 AM   #62
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Old June 10th, 2015, 03:15 PM   #63
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There is a regional ring road under construction around Cairo. It is planned to be around 400 kilometers long, and is equipped with eight lanes throughout.

I did a Google Earth measurement, 208 km is now open to traffic along the southern and eastern side of Cairo.

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Old November 6th, 2015, 10:43 PM   #64
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route numbers

All main route numbers in Egypt. As reported in this thread before, road numbers are almost never signed in the field and generally unknown to the population. The numbering was introduced in the 1990s.

* 1 Cairo - Alexandria 203km
* 2 Cairo - Aswan 907km (Nile Valley Road)
* 3 Cairo - Suez - Elat (IL) 385km
* 4 Cairo - Port Said 181km
* 5 Tanta - Port Said 168km
* 6 Ring Cairo
* 10 Cairo - El Kharga 1056km
* 11 Cairo - Alexandria 239km
* 12 Qalyub - Kafr Boleen - 1
* 13 Cairo - Tanta 74km
* 14 Shibin el Kôm (13) - Zifta (49)
* 15 El Bâgur (13) - El Brigat (12)
* 16 El Khatatba (12) - 11 (Sadat City)
* 17 Kafr Boleen (13) - Damanhour (01)
* 18 Damanhour (01) - Abu-el-Matâmir - 11
* 19 Matrouh (01) - Siwa - Libië
* 20 Gizeh - Assiut 345km (Nile Westbank road)
* 21 Cairo - El Qasr 571km (Nile Eastbank road)
* 22 Gizeh - Beni Suef 108km
* 23 Maadi (21) - Ain Sukhna (24)
* 24 Ismailiya - Halaib 1117km
* 25 Assiut - Baris 322km
* 26 El Burumbul - Zafarana 168km
* 27 Beni Mazar - Ras Garib 253km
* 28 Qena - Bur Safaja 161km
* 29 Qus - El Quseir 183km
* 30 El Kantara - Rafah (IL) 199km
* 31 Ismailiya - Nizzana (IL) 226km
* 32 Baloza (30) - Râs Sudr (34)
* 33 El Arish - Abu Suweira 235km
* 34 El Kantara - Sharm el Sheikh 474km
* 35 Elat (IL) - Sharm el Sheikh 233km
* 36 Wadi Feran (34) - Nuweiba (35)
* 37 03 Ras el Nuqb - Nuweiba (35)
* 38 ?
* 39 Bir el Abd (30) - 33
* 40 Benha - Zagazig 34km
* 41 Cairo - Abu Hammad 63km
* 42 Zagazig - Ismailiya 83km
* 43 Benha - El Mansura 78km
* 44 El Mansura (43) - El Matariya
* 45 Zagazig - El Mansura 51km
* 46 Shirbine (43) - Kafr Saqr (47)
* 47 El Simbalawein - Abu Kebir 28km
* 48 Faqus (42) - El Gamaliya (44)
* 49 Tanta - Ismailiya 146km
* 50 Damanhur - Shirbin 122km
* 51 Talkha (05) - Bilqas (50)
* 52 El Mahala el Kubra (52) - Kafr el Sheikh (50)
* 53 Bilqas (50) - Baltim
* 54 Tanta - Khafr el Sheik 47km
* 55 Sallum - Alexandria 507km
* 56 ?
* 57 Damanhour - Rashid (58)
* 58 Rosetta - Alexandria 56km
* 59 Idfina (57) - Kafr el Dawâur (01)
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Old April 11th, 2016, 10:48 PM   #65
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Google Earth shows a new eight-lane motorway under construction / partially completed west of Cairo. It runs from Cairo, just north of 6th of October City into the desert, where recent imagery ends. It has an interchange with the new regional ring road.

I drew a map of it, based on available satellite imagery. It is 80 kilometers long (in blue).
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Old April 12th, 2016, 03:31 PM   #66
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Old April 19th, 2016, 06:34 PM   #67
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I found another new motorway under construction in Egypt. This one connects the Nile River Valley with the Red Sea near Zaafarana. Only the eastern part is visible on satellite imagery.

drawn on a map:


Satellite imagery (east to west).




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Old April 19th, 2016, 07:49 PM   #68
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The new motorway that runs west from Cairo (see post #65) is being constructed quite fast.

Look what they did in only 5-6 weeks.


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Old April 22nd, 2016, 06:55 PM   #69
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There is yet another motorway under construction in Egypt, a 39 kilometer route from the Cairo Ring Road to the also under construction Regional Ring Road near Banha. This motorway is in the earthworks stage. Construction started mid-2015 according to historic imagery in Google Earth.

Drawn on a map:


Some satellite imagery (Cairo to Banha).

1. The southern terminus at the Cairo Ring Road.


2. In the northern suburbs of Cairo.


3. A toll plaza north of Cairo.


4. The northern terminus near Banha at the under construction Regional Ring Road (east-west).
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 01:41 PM   #70
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I found another dual carriageway under construction in the Nile River Delta. This doesn't appear to be a full-standard freeway/motorway as there are no interchanges visible. It runs from Shibin El Kom to Tamalay. Traffic is already using it despite a large number of active construction sites. It's a greenfield route (not an expansion of an existing road).

It's not a part of the Regional Ring Road, which runs further south.









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Old April 23rd, 2016, 10:33 PM   #71
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There is also a dual carriageway under construction between Aďn Sokhna and Zafarana. It appears to be a replacement for the coastal road (highway 24) which cannot easily be widened as it is wedged between resorts and cliffs.

It connects to the new toll road that runs parallel to highway 26 from the Nile Valley to Zafarana, which I reported on a couple of posts before.

So you can say, Egypt is in a massive highway construction boom. They are constructing new motorways and dual carriageways all over the place.

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Old April 30th, 2016, 10:35 PM   #72
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motorway to Port Said

Google Earth reveals yet another motorway under construction in Egypt. It is a 90 kilometer motorway that runs from near Ismailia to Port Said.

It starts at the Cairo - Ismailia Desert Road (which has recently been upgraded to eight lanes) and ends at the Port Said Bypass. Works seem to have begun recently.

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El Alamein Road

A large interchange has been constructed between the Cairo - Alexandria Desert Road and the dual carriageway to El Alamein.

Previously, traffic coming from Cairo to El Alamein had to make a U-turn. There are now direct connectors with large flyovers.


The road to El Alamein is also being widened from 2x2 to 2x3 lanes.
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A new Nile River crossing is being constructed in Cairo. It runs across an island. I don't know the name of the island, it's north of Gezira Island.



It includes some large-scale demolition.
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6th of October viaduct is quite impressive. How did it's building impact on the city?
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Works has now really begun on two bridges spanning the Nile in northern Cairo. It's part of a new east-west motorway (see two posts earlier)

West branch bridge:


East branch bridge:


Interchange with the Cairo Ring Road west of the city. Look at the huge abutment on the east side, it is approximately 110 meters long. Construction is also seen on a ramp that goes between buildings.
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They opened a circa 300 kilometer segment of motorway last year, on 30 June 2016. It's the new Cairo - Marsa Matruh motorway.

It appears that it opened from 6th of October City west to El Dabaa. It is under construction into Cairo, including two new bridges across the Nile. The segment west of El Dabaa is not yet under construction apparently.

The new motorway has eight lanes in the desert around 6th of October City and six lanes west of the Regional Ring Road.

The entire route of the Cairo - Marsa Matruh Motorway:


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ChrisZwolle, you've done a great job keeping this thread updated. You are correct that Egypt is undergoing a massive highway construction boom. These projects you speak of are part of the National Road Project, this video has some great footage of the completed sections of the project (as of Feb 2016):

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