Addis Ababa January 23/2013 The Ethiopian Roads Authority signed agreements with five contractors to upgrade and construct six road projects with over 3.2 billion Birr.
The roads are part of the 4th roads sector development program designed by the government.
The Ethiopian government will cover the full cost for upgrading and construction of the road projects, which include the 143km Azezo-Gorgora, Harar alternate road, Yalo-Nehile and also Mazoriya-Durame-Durgi-Omo River road.
The 51.8km road linking Bonga with Felegeselam and also the 57.03km Felegeselam-Ameya-Chida road will be upgraded to asphalt level.
Three of the contractors are domestic namely: Gemshu Beyene, Bridge Construction and Kiflom Gebrehiwot. CGC Overseas Construction Co. Ltd. and Zhongmei Engineering Groups, are Chinese based companies, which signed agreements to undertake some of the road projects.
According to the agreement, construction of the Azezo-Gorgora road will be finalized within two and a half years while the Harar alternate road will be completed in a year and a half.
Construction of the Yalo-Nehile Road Project will take two and a half years while that of Mazoriya-Durame-Durgi-Omo River road is scheduled to be completed in two years . The Bonga- Felegeselam and Felegeselam-Ameya-Chida roads will also be completed within three years and a half.
Authority Director-General, Zayid Woldegebriel signed the agreements with the respective contractors.
Zayid on the occasion stressed the need for the contractors to complete upgrading and construction of the roads as per schedule.