Mayor Adanech inaugurates Pushkin Square – Gotera interchange modern road project
Adanech Abiebie, Mayor of Addis Abeba has inaugurated the first modern road project covering the area from Sarbet – Alexander Pushkin Square – Gofa Mazoria to the end of the Gotera Interchange on Monday.
The new road is located in Nifas Silk Laphto District.
Jantirar Abay, Deputy Mayor of Addis Abeba, Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, Dagmawit Moges, Minister of Transport and Logistics and Shin Kingman, Charges de Affairs at the Embassy of China in Ethiopia also attended the inauguration program.
“Various projects are under implementation to make Addis Abeba internationally competent in terms of its infrastructure,” Adanech said.
Built by China First Highway Engineering Group Co Ltd, the road encompasses a 320-meter long tunnel and covers 3.8 km long with a side width of 30-45 meters. Its construction kicked off in October 2019.
The construction was initially estimated to cost some 1.5 billion Birr with an interest-free loan secured from the Chinese government.
The road accommodates many vehicles simultaneously and includes Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane and a long suspension bridge built above the ground, according to the Addis Abeba City Administration.
It replaced the previous thin and narrow asphalt road and will have greatly changed the social, economic and environmental aspects of the area, the city administration said.