CAIRO: Fifteen new roads will be built by the end of the year as part of a national project planned by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, said Abdel Aziz Abdu, a spokesman for the General Authority for Roads and Bridges, in comments to The Cairo Post Saturday.
Abdu said that this year’s road construction is part of a larger project of 39 roads, and just the first phase of the plan includes the first 15 roads.
“The total cost of the whole project is 36 billion EGP ($5 billion), while the first phase of the 15 roads will cost 17 billion EGP,” Abdu said.
Youm7 reported Saturday that the ministries of defense, housing and transport will participate in implementing the project.
The new roads will include work on the regional intersection to Suez Road, the Ismailia to Banha Road, the Banha to Alexandria (desert route) Road, East Cairo and Shubra to Banha Road and Wadi al-Natroun to Alameen Road.
Abdu also noted that the total length of the 36 roads combined is 4,000 kilometers, and that the length of the first 15 roads will be 1,700 kilometers.
In related news, it was reported Saturday the Ministry of Interior has released a decision to ban large trucks from Cairo streets during the day, as they cause traffic jams and accidents, slowing traffic.
The supervisor of the operation room at the Cairo Traffic Authority, Mohamed el-Bendary, told Youm7 that truck drivers in violation of the ban will lose their license.
Additional Reporting by Reda Hebeishy