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Addis Ababa - Nazret Expressway

Addis-Adama Highway Completed

The Addis Ababa-Adama expressway, built at a cost of more than 10.3 billion Birr (US$530 million), has been completed.

Ethiopian Roads Authority's Communications director Ato Samson Wondimu said the 84-kilometre highway will be opened to the public soon and will reduce average travel time between the two places from the current three hours to 45 minutes.​

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/wn/newsworld.php?id=1029478

Great news for Ethiopia. The first modern expressway in the country. :cheers:
 

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It should be longest non-urban motorway at this part of Africa. Nairobi-Thika motorway in Kenya is shorter than this.
Actually it's probably one of the longest in whole sub-Saharan Africa. I'm not sure but there may be longer real motorways in South-Africa, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire.
 

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They just opened this Toll Highway for traffic last Sunday Sep 14,2014.
From the respective thread in Ethiopia Forum

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1033497&page=22

They charge 50 Eth birr($2.50 USDollar) for small cars, medium size cars will pay 60 Eth birr($3.00 USDollar) and big cars 70 Eth birr ($3.50 USDollar) for the whole 76 Kilometers use (up to Adama) .














With The Adama Wind Farm turbines in the back drop :cheers:







The toll booths

 

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Ethiopia: Over 100,000km Road Constructed in Four Years

More than 100,000 km of roads has been built over the past four years with a total cost of 120 billion Birr, said Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA).

According to the Planning and ICT Deputy Director at ERA, Bekele Nigusse, the achievement marks 75% completion rate of the 130,000 km of road ERA planned to build in the Five Year Growth and Transformation Plan.​

Full report: http://allafrica.com/stories/201409170406.html

120 billion Birr is around $ 6 billion.
 

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Construction of second ring road of Addis Abeba near Tulu Dimtu.

Roundabout south from Akaki. Here will be junction of ring road and old national road to Awash.

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Part of new ring road under construction between old national highway and new motorway.

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Construction of junction between ring road and Addis-Adama motorway.

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Addis-Adama motorway from Addis Abeba to Adama west
It's the first motorway of Ethiopia and longest motorway of eastern Africa. It was completed at the spring of 2014 and opened for traffic at September, 2014. Later it would be extended to Awash and probably to Djibouti but there are no real plans for this extension yet. The main purpose of motorway beside transit traffic is to connect Adama, biggest city of Oromia, and some more towns of rapidly growing urban area with Addis Abeba. Thanks for a new motorway Adama is some 1-1,5 hrs from Addis Abeba. It took 3 hrs and more to drive from Adama to Addis Abeba on old national highway. You can see photos of old national highway form Adama to Addis Abeba here (starting from post #70) - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1394384&page=4. They have started a construction of new ring road of Addis Abeba to connect motorway with western and eastern parts of Addis Abeba. Currently you still have to drive through Akaki to arrive to old ring road of Addis Abeba.
Motorway is posted as Addis-Adama Expressway but it's a real motorway for European understandings. I prefer term motorway for this beatiful road as many countries in Europe use term of expressway for lower class roads than motorway.


Starting of motorway at Tulu Dimtu.
Both ends of motorway have weighting stations to keep away overloaded trucks. It's the big problem in Ethiopia as many parts of newly paved or built highways would be ruined by these trucks during couple of years.

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Whole motorway except southern and eastern part of Adama by-pass is tolled.

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An obstacle of expressway development is possibly the lack of cities. Ethiopia has 88 million inhabitants (more than Germany), but only one large city (Addis Ababa) with 3 million people. The second largest city has only around 250,000 people (city population estimates tend to be unreliable).
 
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