Feasability Study for New Ethiopian Expressway Underway
SourceA feasibility study to construct a parallel toll road between Modjo and Hawassa is being conducted by the Ethiopian Roads Authority. The study, undertaken by experts from the Ethiopian authority will support a detailed design for the new express way.
The feasibility study for the new toll road was commenced in response to the increasing traffic flow between Modjo and Hawassa according to sources at the ERA.
The authority, however, has yet not fixed a date to begin construction in the foreseeable future explain ERA officials.
Ethiopia’s first expressway, the Addis to Adama Toll road, is presently under construction by CCCC, China Communications Construction Co at an estimated cost of 612 million US dollars. The project, financed by the Chinese Export and Import Bank, began in April of 2010 and is expected to be finalized in the beginning of 2014.
The Addis Ababa to Adama expressway is designed for the busiest highway in the country as part of the Addis Ababa to Djibouti route.
ERA plans to extend the Addis Ababa to Adama expressway to Awash in the east although this plan is not to be put into effect soon. Awash is part of the road route to Djibouti although the highway between Adama and Awash does not see as much traffic as registered between Addis Ababa and Adama.