Melodoni junction-Manda-Bure road project linking Ethiopia with Eritrea’s Assab port commences
Addis Ababa, January 21, 2021 (FBC) –The Ministry of Transport has launched the construction of Melodoni junction-Manda-Bure road project that links Ethiopia with Eritrea’s Assab port.
Minister of Transport, Dagmawit Moges, Chief Administrator of Afar regional state, Awel Arba, and other government officials launched the project today.
Once completed, the 71.65km road will 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 more than 2 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.
Similarly, the 78 km Dicheoto-Galafi junction –Elidar – Belho cement concrete road was inaugurated and opened for traffic today. It 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 not.