ERA awards Chinese company 1.5 bln Br Dessie road project

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Addis Ababa, December 19 (WIC) – Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) today signed a 1.5 bln birr Dessie-Kutaber-Tenta road upgrading project with China First Highway Engineering Co. Ltd (CFHEC).

The 67.5 km long ten meters wide asphalt road upgrading project will link South Wello Zone to North Wello in the Amhara Regional State.

The upgrading projects includes a 24 km asphalt road built during the brief Italian invasion, which now is found in poor condition due to long years of service. The remaining 34.5 km is a gravel road which will be upgraded to asphalt.

“This project is part of the 2013/14 fiscal year annual plan. We believe the project will contribute to the overall economic growth of the area and it’s environ,” Zaid Woldegebriel said d during a signing ceremony held at ERA headquarters today.

The project encompasses three bridges and will jointly funded by the Ethiopian government and the Kuwait Fund.

The contractor is expected to complete the construction in less than three years. The authority is in the “final stages” of selecting a consultant which will supervise the construction.

“We treasure this opportunity. This project will be very challenging but we will make sure we finish it ahead of time with the required quality,” Yong Sheng, representative of CFHEC, said during a signing ceremony held at ERA headquarters today.

Established in April, 1963, CFHEC is an affiliate of China Communications Construction Company with 15 years of experience in road projects in Ethiopia. CCCC is best known for major road projects such as the Addis Ababa – Adama Expressway and Africa Avenue (Bole Road) projects.

Another Chinese company, Sino Hydro Corporation Ltd, was also awarded a 54 km and six meters wide first grade gravel road in South Omo. The contract is worth over 459 million birr fully funded by the government and is expected to be completed in two and half years.

The project will be carried out on junctions to “Sugar Factory Number 2 and 3” - currently being built under the Omo Kuraz Sugar Development Project. 

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