Ethiopia: 71,000 km of rural roads to be constructed in the next five years
4 January 2011
The Ethiopian government is allocating a budget of 9 billion USD over five years to the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) for the implementation of road projects.
ERA plans to construct 71,000 km of rural roads by 2016, at a cost of 1.57 billion USD, learned the ENA press agency last Sunday.
According to the Communications Director at the ERA, Sanson Wondimu, the government has drawn up a program of roads to connect all rural localities in the country to the national road network.
In Senegal, the road network was also in the news this weekend, reports the APS press agency. In his New Year speech, the president of the Republic, Abdoulaye Wade, declared that "the road projects must be continued" and that "without quality infrastructures, whole sections of the national territory will remain cut off and all development efforts will be compromised".
He mentioned several projects, such as the extension of the Mamelles-airport highway and the construction of a network of feeder routes of 1,513 km.