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The next motorway will be from Mojo to Ziway. It would be first part of motorway to Awassa. The construction would start soon if they haven't started it already.
And this same Addis-Adama motorway will be built to Awassa one day and maybe even to Djibouti. I haven't heard about any real plans for Adama-Awassa part yet. Only real plans are for Mojo-Ziway with connection to Awassa later.

ChrisZwolle gave the main reason for lack of need for motorways. Most of Ethiopian main highways have very few traffic. More than 80 % of Ethiopians are rural. Next biggest towns after Addis Abeba have now more than 300 000 people (last census was 2007) and are growing fast but it doesn't generate enough traffic to need a lot of motorways. Ethiopian terrain is not the easiest one for construction. Directions of Addis-Djibouti and Mojo-Kenya are very easy for road construction comparing with main directions to the north.
It would take some more decades to notice any real traffic outside of cities and Addis-Djibouti and Mojo-Kenya roads. And even then you don't need many motorways as today most of Ethiopian roads are almost empty from cars and have enough capacity for a long time.
They would probably start to build more by-passes for bigger towns soon as most of highways are currently running even through bigger towns without much traffic problems. But it's changing fast.
 

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The next motorway will be from Mojo to Ziway. It would be first part of motorway to Awassa. The construction would start soon if they haven't started it already.
And this same Addis-Adama motorway will be built to Awassa one day and maybe even to Djibouti. I haven't heard about any real plans for Adama-Awassa part yet. Only real plans are for Mojo-Ziway with connection to Awassa later.

ChrisZwolle gave the main reason for lack of need for motorways. Most of Ethiopian main highways have very few traffic. More than 80 % of Ethiopians are rural. Next biggest towns after Addis Abeba have now more than 300 000 people (last census was 2007) and are growing fast but it doesn't generate enough traffic to need a lot of motorways. Ethiopian terrain is not the easiest one for construction. Directions of Addis-Djibouti and Mojo-Kenya are very easy for road construction comparing with main directions to the north.
It would take some more decades to notice any real traffic outside of cities and Addis-Djibouti and Mojo-Kenya roads. And even then you don't need many motorways as today most of Ethiopian roads are almost empty from cars and have enough capacity for a long time.
They would probably start to build more by-passes for bigger towns soon as most of highways are currently running even through bigger towns without much traffic problems. But it's changing fast.
I agree about the rural population, this is indeed true.
But i kinda doubt that a motorway construction won't help the nation's further development. Apart from that, i think that even the mostly rural population needs motorways, as they are going to help transportation from and to Addis Abeba.

And now i have a question;
If there is few traffic, why did the Ethiopians build 6-lane motorway instead of a 4-lane one?
I don't say that it is bad, i just wonder about it.
 

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I agree about the rural population, this is indeed true.
But i kinda doubt that a motorway construction won't help the nation's further development. Apart from that, i think that even the mostly rural population needs motorways, as they are going to help transportation from and to Addis Abeba.

And now i have a question;
If there is few traffic, why did the Ethiopians build 6-lane motorway instead of a 4-lane one?
I don't say that it is bad, i just wonder about it.
Today it's a real overkill but it's a better idea to build almost empty 6-lane motorway than to build empty 4-lane motorway and after 10 or 20 years try to expand it. Ethiopian road authority is posting some numbers of traffic amount on some roads and current traffic between Addis and Adama would be happy with some kind of 2+1 road. And it would have been enough for many years. As Chinese are investing to these roads they can afford 6-lane motorway also but there is no real need for this for many years. I'm hoping that they can keep it well maintained until they have real need for this road. So they don't have to re construct it again.

Ethiopia is still one of the poorest countries of the world despite the huge economic growth for 10 and more years. And most of rural population is very poor. So new regional asphalt roads are used by them mostly for cattle driving and so on. And there are probably millions of Ethiopians who are still living at least one day (sometimes even 2 or 3 days) by walking away from nearest all-weather road. Anyway I have visited Ethiopia many times during last 10 years and you can really see how improving infrastructure is helping local communities and one day they may have dense network of motorways around the country.

Next big projects are railways. Addis-Djibouti railway may be completed next year and they have probably started Awash-Weldiya line already. These are although built with Chinese money. And Chinese are more interested in building railroads for their future mines around Ethiopia than motorways.
 

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Motorway is lined with feeder roads south from Adama. It's the great idea as Adama is growing fast and after some years it would probably grow to the south of motorway. So making it some kind of urban motorway with good network of feeder roads.

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The new Addis Abeba-Djibouti railroad is under construction next to motorway.

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The new railway station would be built next to motorway also. Not sure about location.

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Tolled motorway is beginning after urban area of Adama.

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All the under- and overpasses crossing motorway are lighted with solar power. You can spot solar panels after the bridge. Lamps on bridges seem to be quite small. I don't know if they are using LEDs or whatever.

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Solar panels are expensive but workforce for simple works is very cheap in Ethiopia. So all solar panels are guarded by some local man. You can see the shelter for guard beside the road.

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Bridge for new railroad.

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Some more examples of guarded solar panels.

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Today it's a real overkill but it's a better idea to build almost empty 6-lane motorway than to build empty 4-lane motorway and after 10 or 20 years try to expand it. Ethiopian road authority is posting some numbers of traffic amount on some roads and current traffic between Addis and Adama would be happy with some kind of 2+1 road. And it would have been enough for many years. As Chinese are investing to these roads they can afford 6-lane motorway also but there is no real need for this for many years. I'm hoping that they can keep it well maintained until they have real need for this road. So they don't have to re construct it again.

Ethiopia is still one of the poorest countries of the world despite the huge economic growth for 10 and more years. And most of rural population is very poor. So new regional asphalt roads are used by them mostly for cattle driving and so on. And there are probably millions of Ethiopians who are still living at least one day (sometimes even 2 or 3 days) by walking away from nearest all-weather road. Anyway I have visited Ethiopia many times during last 10 years and you can really see how improving infrastructure is helping local communities and one day they may have dense network of motorways around the country.

Next big projects are railways. Addis-Djibouti railway may be completed next year and they have probably started Awash-Weldiya line already. These are although built with Chinese money. And Chinese are more interested in building railroads for their future mines around Ethiopia than motorways.
I agree with your statements, and i hope that one day Ethiopia will have a dense motorway network, comparable with other countries.

Also, i see that the Chinese invest a lot of money to improve African infrastructure (i saw that they're going to build an expressway in Madagascar, improve the DRC roads and reconstruct the Mombasa-Nairobi railway). I don't blame them;their country's infrastructure is awesome and their amount of money is really huge, so why not invest them???

In conclusion, i have aquestion about the railways, which you mentioned;
Apart from the new Awash-Weldiya railway, isn't the Addis Abeba-Djibouti railway completed?? (just asking, i don't even know)
 

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I agree with your statements, and i hope that one day Ethiopia will have a dense motorway network, comparable with other countries.

Also, i see that the Chinese invest a lot of money to improve African infrastructure (i saw that they're going to build an expressway in Madagascar, improve the DRC roads and reconstruct the Mombasa-Nairobi railway). I don't blame them;their country's infrastructure is awesome and their amount of money is really huge, so why not invest them???

In conclusion, i have aquestion about the railways, which you mentioned;
Apart from the new Awash-Weldiya railway, isn't the Addis Abeba-Djibouti railway completed?? (just asking, i don't even know)
It was the old railway which was built some 100 years ago. Most of it haven't been used for some 10-20 years and there are only parts of it still survived outside of urban areas. All the maps are still showing this one but actually there is no real railway for some time now.

Construction of new modern railroad started maybe 3 years ago and would be finished probably next year. It would be modern railroad usable for electric trains also. You can check about from Ethiopian forums - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=845760&page=20 Better to start from the end as first pages are only about possible projects and some 5 or 4 years ago no one believed in Ethiopia that they would really have a modern railroad so soon.
 

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Ethiopia built its mainline road network (circa 5000km) between 1936 and 1941, when it was part of the Italian East Africa, together with Eritrea and part of Somalia. Those roads were built and maintained by AASS, the Italian agency for national highways, that became ANAS after WWII. Surprisingly, all main inter-city routes had asphalt pavement. That explain why Ethiopia has now better road infrastructures than other very poor Sub-Saharian African countries, like Sudan or D.R. Congo.
However, just for historical correctness, I add that it wasn't a good period for Ethiopia, as the Italian (fascist) army tortured and killed thousands of indigenous people, using the "excuse" of the white supremacy over the blacks. It was probably one of the darkest page in the Italian modern history.
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It was the old railway which was built some 100 years ago. Most of it haven't been used for some 10-20 years and there are only parts of it still survived outside of urban areas. All the maps are still showing this one but actually there is no real railway for some time now.

Construction of new modern railroad started maybe 3 years ago and would be finished probably next year. It would be modern railroad usable for electric trains also. You can check about from Ethiopian forums - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=845760&page=20 Better to start from the end as first pages are only about possible projects and some 5 or 4 years ago no one believed in Ethiopia that they would really have a modern railroad so soon.
Oh, i see.....thank you so much for answering my question!
 

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2nd update for Debark-Shire road re-construction.
For pictures from November, 2012 you can see - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1394384&page=3
For pictures from November, 2013 (starting from post #95) - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1394384&page=5


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Biggest road works have reached to southern part of the road. Road north of Zarima is widened with blasting of hill sides and construction of new base for widened road.

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At some places traffic has to wait until temporary road is prepared.

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