The Ethiopian Roads Authority plans to construct 39 roads in the newly started financial year. The construction projects are part of the Road Sector Development Program making up a total of 2800 kilometers of roads according to Samson Wondimu, Director of Communications with the authority.
Thirty of the thirty nine projects are asphalt roads while the remaining nine are gravel roads all planned to strengthen upgrade and link the existing road infrastructure he said.
A significant part of the 14 billion birr required to finance the projects will be covered by the Ethiopian government while the World Bank will offer funding for some of the projects explained Samson.It is to be remembered that the Ethiopian Road Authority managed to complete just 9,582 kilometers as part of its bid to construct 71,523 kilometers in five years under the Universal Rural Road Access Project. The plan would require the authority to construct 14,000 kilometers every year.
The construction program has fallen behind due to several challenges including financial shortages, absence of consultants and contractors, delays in getting construction materials to the sites in the right quantities it was said.
The authority hopes to address these problems by increasing commitment to the project and effecting solutions on all fronts.
Ethiopia plans to construct an estimated 97,517 kilometers of road worth approximately 125.3 billion birr as part of the five year Road Sector Development Program according to the Ethiopian Roads Authority.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency