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Dire Dawa - Dewelie road project was inaugurated
Date Uploaded:2019/6/25

Five years into the project, the Ethiopian Dire Dawa Dewelie road project was finally inaugurated on June 16th, 2019. 

Below are pictures of the Inauguration ceremony

Officials from the Ethiopian Ministry of Transport and the Road authority, governor of the Somali region, president of the toll road enterprise, representatives from the Import Export Bank of China, the Chinese Contractor and the Consultancy: Shandong Great Supervision and Consultation Company all attended the inauguration.

The Dire Dawa - Dewelie road project is situated in North-eastern Ethiopia, as part of the Ethiopia traffic corridor to the sea, and it is the shortest access to the sea.

The Preliminary design of this project was prepared with Chinese Class II standard, which is comparable to ERA DS2 standard. The final preliminary design becomes comparable to ERA DS3 standard. The construction work consists of upgrading of the gravel road to asphalt concrete paved road with 7 meter carriageway and 0.5-1.5 meter shoulder on each side and construction of minor and major drainage structures. The major work quantities include 5 million m3 of earthworks, 0.78 million m3 of natural subbase, 0.56 million m3 of base course, 0.2 million m3 of Asphalt Concrete, 2.21 million m2 of prime coat, 430 pipe culverts, 131 slab culverts, 34 Bridges and 3 toll stations.

This road is the second toll road in Ethiopia. It costs 242 million us dollars, 85 percent of which was financed through loans obtained from the import export Bank of China, the remaining sum coming from the Ethiopian government.

According to Xinhua news, The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) Communications Director, Samson Wondimu, said this toll road" will significantly meet Ethiopia’s growing import-export needs by solving transportation hurdles.”

Another analyst has also commented that Ethiopia, being among the first African Countries to cooperate with China under the Belt and Road initiative, “has been witnessing the positive outcomes of its engagements with China.”

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