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The Dire Dawa-Dewele toll road is being constructed for 5.9b Br

The nation's second toll road, Dire Dawa - Dewele, will become operational in two months and is slated for an inauguration ceremony to be attended by high officials.

Constructed for 5.9 billion Br - 85pc financed by China's EX-IM Bank - the 220Km asphalt road was recently finalised and only awaits the completion of its toll plazas, the entrances and exits where drivers pay their tolls. The road was expected to be inaugurated this weekend by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) but was postponed to an unspecified date due to two other inaugurations, Jimma Industrial Park and Jimma University's new hospital.

The Ethiopian Road Authority hired China's CGCOC Group for the construction of the road in October 2014, and the consulting contract was given to Shandong Great Supervision and Consultation Co., Ltd, a Chinese road design and construction consultancy.

CGCOC Group, the company which has previously constructed the Ethiopian Glass Factory and the Nile River Bridge Project and is currently working on the Addis-Africa International Exhibition & Convention Center, executed the projects for a cost of 17 million Br a kilometre.

"We were facing security threats, since the project is found in Somali Regional State," Mung Jibo, project manager of the road project, told Fortune.

The project faced protests from local residents in the area who claimed that they did not receive proper compensation. The road will connect Ethiopia with Djibouti, along the existing road from Dewele to Djibouti.

Constructed by a workforce of 5,000, the two-way highway has a width of 10m in rural areas and 21.5m in urban areas. The road has a 10cm thickness, crosses over 29 bridges and will have three toll plazas.

The project was expected to be delivered last year, but the Authority extended the delivery date by one year, since the project was modified to make the road thicker, according to Samson Wendimu, communications director of ERA. The government has targeted 220,000Km in road coverage by the end of the second edition of the Growth & Transformation Plan (GTP II) in 2020.

The road is also expected to cut in half the current time it takes to travel to Dewele. Currently, trucks travel to Dewele through the Mile-Galafi corridor.

"The new road will reduce the length by 100Km," said Samson.

After it starts operations, the road will be transferred to the Ethiopian Toll Roads Enterprises, established in 2014 as one of the 13 state-owned enterprises operating under the Ministry of Transport. The Enterprise hires over 600 permanent and temporary employees and is tasked with managing toll and express roads.

The first toll road in the nation was inaugurated four years ago and was constructed with 11.2 billion Br. The 31m-wide, six-lane expressway took five years to complete and cut the total travel time from two hours to 45 minutes along the Addis Abeba-Adama corridor.

For the Addis Abeba-Adama toll road, the Enterprise charges 0.66 Br for automobiles, 0.79 Br for buses and 0.92 Br for heavy trucks per kilometre. Since the road commenced operations, a total of 254.5 million vehicles have traveled on it which generated 695 million Br as of the end of October 2018.

The fee for the new toll road has not been set yet, according to Zehara Mohammed, marketing and communications team leader of the Enterprise.

A team composed of the Enterprise, Roads Authority and Transport Ministry are drafting a bill that will set a fee, according to her.

An economist applauded the road project and listed its positive impact on the economy.

"It will motivate the economic activity of the country, since it will play a significant role in the efficiency of the logistics from Djibouti Port to Ethiopia," said Getachew Yirga, an assistant professor at Bahir Dar University's College of Business & Economics.

I did not know about this toll road. Goes from Dire Dawa to the border with Djibouti. I thought the toll road that is under construction is the Mojo - Awasa one. Any one got details?

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I did not know about this toll road. Goes from Dire Dawa to the border with Djibouti. [...] Any one got details?
I looked for it in Google Earth.

The road has been built by replacing the old road in most cases. Sometimes the old road was (or is) running on a different course than the new one. I assume that locals can use the road without paying tolls. This is also indicated by the low number of toll stations (only 3).

Which makes the toll road a road where only through-traffic between Dire Dawa and Djibouti has to pay for using it.

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For video version, check the link i provided. Only OBN aired the news & it is in Oromifa. But, you will see how the toll road looks like:

የድሬዳዋ ደወንሌ የኮንክሪት አስፋልት የክፍያ መንገድ ሥራ ሊጀመር ነው( dire dawa mass media enterprise)

ከአምስት ቢሊዮን 300 ሚሊዮን ብር በላይ ተገንብቶ የተጠናቀቀው የድሬዳዋ ደወንሌ የኮንክሪት አስፋልት የክፍያ መንገድ በሁለት ወራት ውስጥ ሥራ እንደሚጀምር የትራስፖርት ሚኒስቴር አስታወቀ፡፡
በመንገዱ አጠቃቀም ዙሪያ ሲቲ ዞንና ከድሬዳዋ አስተዳደር አመራሮችና ነዋሪዎች ጋር ዛሬ ውይይት ተካሄዷል፡፡
በውይይቱ ወቅት በትራስፖርት ሚኒስቴር የኢትዮጵያ የክፍያ መንገዶች ኢንተርፕራይዝ ዋና ሥራ አስኪያጅ አቶ ሙስጠፋ ከዲር እንዳሉት ከድሬዳዋ -ደወንሌ የተዘረጋውን የ223 ኪሎ ሜትር የኮንክሪት አስፋልት መንገድ የሚሸፍን ነው፡፡
በፌደራል መንገዶች ባለስልጣን የተገነባውና ከጅቡቲ ጋር የሚያገናኘው የአስፋልት መንገዱ በሁለት ወር ውስጥ በክፍያ አገልግሎት እንደሚጀምር ገልጸዋል፡፡
"መንገዱ የውጭና የገቢ ንግድ የሚያቀላጥፍ ይሆናል " ያሉትአቶ ሙስጠፋ ከጅቡቲ ወደብ ወደ ሀገር ውስጥ የሚገቡና የሚወጡ የግብርናና የኢንዱስትሪ ቁሳቁሶች ያለብልሽት በፍጥነት ለመጓጓዝ እንደሚያግዝ ተናግረዋል፡፡
ከአዳማ-አዲስ አበባ የክፍያ መንገድ ቀጥሎ ሁለተኛው የክፍያ መንገድ ሆኖ የሚያገለግለው መስመሩ በቀን ዘጠኝ መቶ ተሸከርካሪዎች እንደሚያስተናግድ አስረድተዋል፡፡
85 በመቶ ወጪ ከቻይናው ኤግዚን ባንክ በተገኘ ብድር በቻይና ኮንስትራክሽን ድርጅት የተገነባው መንገድ ስራ ሲጀምር እስከ ሶስት መቶ ለሚሆኑ የሲቲ ዞንና የድሬዳዋ ነዋሪዎችን ቋሚ የሥራ ዕድል እንደሚፈጥርም አመልክተዋል፡፡
በሶማሌ ክልል የሲቲ ዞንና የድሬዳዋ አስተዳደር ነዋሪዎችና አመራሮች አካላት ለመንገዱ ደህንነት ተቀናጅተው በመስራት ዘላቂ ጥቅም እንዲሰጥ ማድረግ እንደሚገባቸው ጠቁመዋል፡፡
የድሬዳዋ አስተዳደር ከንቲባ ኢብራሂም ዑስማን በበኩላቸው "መንገዱ የህዝብ ጥያቄ ምላሽ ያስገኘና ለሀገሪቱ በተለይም ለምስራቁ ክፍል ማህበራዊና ምጣኔ ሃብት ዕድገት ትርጉም ያለው አስተዋጽኦ ያበረክታል "ብለዋል፡፡
መንገዱ በቅርቡ ከሚመረቀው የድሬዳዋ ኢንዱስትሪ ፓርክ ጋር የተገናኘ መሆኑ ድሬዳዋ የምስራቁ የሀገሪቱ ክፍል የንግድና የኢንዱስትሪ ማዕከል ለመሆን እየተከናወኑ ለሚገኙ ፈረጀ ብዙ ተግባራት መሳካት ሁነኛ ድርሻ እንደሚኖረውም ጠቁመዋል፡፡
መንገዱ ሙሉ በሙሉ የሚያቋርጠው በሶማሌ ክልል የሲቲ ዞን ንግድ ትራንስፖርትና መንገድ ጽህፈት ቤት ኃላፊ አቶ ኢድሪስ ጅብሪል መንገዱ ለአካባቢው አርብቶ አደር ከእስሳት ሃብቱ ይበልጥ እንዲጠቀም የሚስችል መሆኑን ተናግረዋል፡፡
" የዞኑም ማህበራዊና ምጣኔ ሃብት እንዲጎለብት ያስችላል "ብለዋል፡፡
የመንገዱ ጥበት መሻሻልና በመንገዱ ሥራ ወቅት ለጉዳት የተዳረጉ የተፈጥሮ እፅዋቶች መልሰው እንዲያገግሙ መስራት እንደሚገባ አሳስበዋል፡፡
የሶማሌ ክልል ፖሊስ ኮሚሽን ምክትል ኮሚሽነር አሊ ሰመሬ በበኩላቸው በዞኑ አስተማማኝ ሰላም መኖሩን አስታውሰው ለመንገዱ አስፈላጊውን ጥበቃና ከለላ በማድረግ የታለመለትን ዓላማ እንዲያሳካ በትኩረት እንደሚሰራ ገልጸዋል፡፡
የሲቲ ዞን የሀገር ሽማግሌ ሐጂ ሙሴ ሜጋድ የመንገዱን ደህንነት በመጠበቅ ኃላፊነታቸውን እንደሚወጡ ጠቅሰው የመንገዱን ጠቀሜታ የተመለከተ የግንዛቤ መስጫ በየደረጃው ለሚገኘው ህብረተሰብ ማዘጋጀት እንደሚገባ አሳስበዋል፡፡
" አደራ የምላችሁና የማሳስባችሁ የዞኑን ወጣት ቋሚ የሥራ እድል ተጠቃሚ ማድረግ እንደሚገባ ነው "ብለዋል፡፡
የድሬዳዋ ደወንሌ የኮንክሪት አስፋልት መንገድ በሦስት ስፍራዎች ላይ የክፍያ ጣቢያ ይኖሩታል፡፡
የአዳማ አዲስ አበባ እና ድሬዳዋ ደወንሌ እንዲሁም በሚቀጥሉት አራት ዓመታት የሚጠናቀቁት የሞጆ -ሐዋሳ ፣ የአዳማ አዋሽ መንገዶች ጨምሮ በጥቅሉ በሀገሪቱ 643 ኪሎ ሜትር የክፍያ መንገዶች አገልግሎት ይሰጣሉ ተብሎ እንደሚጠበቅም በውይይቱ ወቅት ተገልጿል፡፡

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Ethiopia Inaugurates Second Toll Road

The newly upgraded Dire Dawa – Dewale, the 220 kilometers road network linking Ethiopia with Djibouti, has gone operational. The toll road is the second to Ethiopia next to the one linking Addis Ababa with Adama.

The upgrading of the previously gravel road into asphalt toll road has cost Ethiopia 5.2 billion birr, according to Samson Wondimu, Communications head of Ethiopian Roads Authority.

The road is part of the planed highway extending up to Addis Ababa from Djibouti’s Dewale. When the Adama – Awash – Mieso toll roads will be contructed, Addis Ababa will be directly coected with Djibouti by toll road.

The new road is expected to shorten the time trucks used to transport goods between the two countries. “The old gravel road used to take one day or more previously. But now we can reach Djibouti in three hours from Dire Dawa, “said one truck driver.

Currently 90% Ethiopia’s import export goods are being handled by Djibouti Port. Currently over 700 trucks are trasporting goods between the two coutries daily. The new road is expected to facilitate the logistics.

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