ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) has launched on Sunday the construction of two road projects that are a part of the major Durbete-Metema asphalt road projects in Amhara regional state.
“Upon completion, this corridor will facilitate trade for farming communities in the area and beyond,” said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who attended the launching event in South Achefer woreda of Amhara region, together with Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen.
Executing the 250km-long road will cost the government a total of 5.3 billion Birr, according to the Roads Authority.
A Chinese construction firm, Zhejiang Communications Construction Group Co Ltd, has been tasked to carry out the construction of the roads in a three-year period.
When completed, ERA’s officials said the road will be additional routes for commuters passing through Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar and Matama – a town situated between Ethiopia and Sudan.
Apart from easing challenges including reducing transportation cost, it will have an immense influence on the overall socio-economic activities of residents in Achefer and Gondar, said Engineer Habtamu Tegegne, director-general of ERA.
He also said the road will facilitate the import-export trade between Ethiopia and neighbouring Sudan.
The area that the roads will pass through are known for producing Sesame, Teff, wheat, sesame, Barley, almonds, and black cumin, among others produces.