Ministry lays cornerstone to connect Ethiopia with Eritrea’s Assab port

Dicheoto-Galafi junction –Elidar – Belho cement concrete road opens to traffic

 ADDIS ABABA – The Ministry of Transport launched yesterday the construction of Melodoni junction-Manda-Bure road project that links Ethiopia with Eritrea’s Assab port.

Earlier in the day, the 78-km Dicheoto-Galafi junction –Elidar – Belho cement concrete road was inaugurated and opened to traffic
by the Ministry.

Upon completion, the 71.65km Melodoni junction-Manda-Bure road project would contribute a lot in facilitating Ethiopia’s import-export trade.

The road will be built by a Chinese firm Shandong Liquino Group, at a cost of over two billion Birr earmarked by the Government of Ethiopia.

Smek International will be a consulting and supervision company, while Value Engineering is a sub-contractor of the project.

The asphalt road will have 19 and 10 meters width in urban and rural areas, respectively. The road will strengthen the people-to-people ties between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

 By the same token, yesterday’s inaugurated Dicheoto-Galafi junction –Elidar – Belho cement concrete road was built with 2.4 billion Birr.

The road will enable Ethiopia to use the new Tadjoura Port, besides easing traffic congestion at the existing Port of Djibouti, it was learnt.

The laying of the cornerstone and the inauguration ceremonies were attended by Minister of Transport, Dagmawit Moges, Afar State President, Awel Arba, and other government officials, it was learnt.

The Ethiopian herald January 22/2021

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