ADDIS ABEBA – The second toll road linking Dire Dawa city with border-town Dewale has been inaugurated on Sunday.
Officials hope the 220-kilometers tollway will facilitate Ethiopia’s import-export trade which is mainly dependent upon Djibouti’s port.
The Dire Dawa-Dewale toll road reduces the driving time between the two towns from a day to four hours. Transport authorities say it will ease traffic congestion in Adama-Galadi road.
To use the road heavy truck drivers are expected to pay 200 Br (around $7), while mid-size trucks and automobile drivers will pay 150 Br and 100 Br, respectively.
The new road built with a total government investment of 5.2 billion Br. State-run news agency ENA says its contractor, Chinese CGC firm, took four years to complete.
It is part of the express road linking Djibouti with Addis Abeba, and the second of such kind for Ethiopia after Addis Abeba–Adama Express road.
Ethiopia’s capital is currently connected with Djibouti via electric railway year though it is not operating at its full capacity.