Ethiopia plans to increase the length of its express highways from 301 km to 1,600 km in the next ten years. This initiative originates from Ethiopia’s 2030 vision to make Ethiopia one of Africa’s icons of prosperity. Sadiya Beshir, Road Infrastructure Planning Team Head at the Ethiopian Road Fund, stated that modern roads in some parts of the country have already started.
The Addis Ababa – Adama, Modjo – Hawassa, and Dire Dawa –Dewele expressways are among the highways already built. The AA – Adama expressway was built first because it is a road segment of Addis Ababa to Djibouti Highway. Djibouti is the country’s hub for business, import, and export activities. The Modjo – Hawassa expressway connects Mojo-Meki, Meki-Ziway, Ziway-Arsi Negele, and Arsi Negele-Hawassa. The Dire Dawa – Dewele expressways also connect Ethiopia with Djibouti.
In addition to the highways built in the country, the Ethiopian government also plans to build road infrastructure that connects Ethiopia with Djibouti, Eritrea, and Sudan. The expressways will boost trade & economic integration with neighboring countries, encourage Ethiopia’s regional integration and boost its social & economic development.
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