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Massive construction projects have been built in different parts of the country over the past three years, with one of them, the Rod Al-Farag Axis at one of the main entrances to Cairo, having been in the works for the past two years.
The two-way axis, estimated to cost around LE8 billion, comprises six lanes of roads in each direction along with two lanes for buses and an electric metro train line. Started in 2015, the project is due to be completed by the end of the year, with the promise that it will contain the biggest flyover in the world.
Project manager Mohamed Fawzi told Al-Ahram Weekly that “the Rod Al-Farag Axis will help ease traffic jams and save 200,000 litres of fuel per day. Constructed in parallel to the 26 July Axis, the project has taken 300,000 tons of steel and a million cubic metres of concrete to build.”
Fawzi explained that the axis connects north and east Cairo to west Cairo at the Cairo Alexandria Desert Road. It also connects the Red Sea Coastal Road to the new Galala Road that goes from Zaafarana to Ain Sokhna with the Mediterranean Sea Coastal Road through the Dabaa Axis.
He said that the axis would facilitate the movement of trucks to Dabaa and desert land, create new communities and investment projects, and decrease travel times between the north and west of the country.
The first phase of the project was inaugurated in January last year and consists of a partial link between the Cairo Ring Road and the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road with a total length of 29km.
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