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Ethiopia has some very beautiful roads at northern highlands. Most of these were built by Italian engineers during Italian occupation and some steep mountain stretches are really spectacular feats of engineering. Many parts of north-western main road is still gravel and mountain roads look the same like these were built some 70-80 years ago. Eastern road from Axum to Addis Abeba is renovated with hard surface. And main roads to east and south fro Addis Abeba are pretty good for some 10 years already comparing with most of roads on northern highlands.

Some pictures from Addis Abeba

One of the main squares. It was parade ground during soviet regime. Now mostly used for bigger sport events, concerts and so on.
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Some other main roads in Addis Abeba

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Some roads from Northern Ethiopia.

Main road between Gondar and Axum through Simien Mounatins. It's one of the most beautiful roads in Ethiopia. Sadly I don't have many good pictures showing the road itself.

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Some more mountain roads

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Main road north of Gondar

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Bus station in Debark north of Gondar. Picture was made some 5 years ago and from google maps it seems that now they have asphalt road from Gondar to Debark already.

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Road in Axum

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From recent news I found that first deadline was set on 20.04 2014 but it maybe ready 6 month earlier. The first part from Addis Abeba to Debre Zeyit would be ready May 2012 already. http://addisfortune.com/Addis%20Abeba-Adama%20Toll%20Road%20Ahead%20of%20Schedule.htm
Seems to be real toll motorway with controlled access and so on.
It's much needed on this road but it would be interesting to know how big the tolls would be. Even 1 or 2 dollars for this road would be quite expensive for most of Ethiopians. And I'm pretty sure that most of public transport and trucks from Djibouti would still use the old road through towns instead of toll road.
 

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Road 3 from Addis Abeba to Bahr Dar
It's a main road from Addis Abeba to Western Amhara, Bahr Dar (capital of Amhara Region) and onto Sudan.

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Just outside of Addis Abeba at Entoto mountains

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And over the Ethiopian Highlands

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Old style sign showing the name of settlement and distance from/to Addis Abeba. Usually there is only one sign like this for every town or bigger village and it's usually located close to the center of settlement not at the beginning or at the end of it.

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Road between Dejen and Debre Markos was the first part of this road to get asphalt. The old cover really needs the renovation and they have finally started to renovate it.

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Road 3 between Bahr Dar and Gondar


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Suburbs of Bahr Dar

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First half of this road runs around the eastern coast of Lake Tana over plane of Tana with some small hils.

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Second type of sign for settlement

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And older sign from same village

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To the right there is road to Debre Tabor and Weldiya on the Addis Abeba-Adigrat road. It's the main west-east road through Amhara region.

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