CAIRO: Nearly 75 percent of Egypt’s roads are at serious risk of collapse due to a lack of maintenance, according to new figures announced by the head of the Roads and Bridges Authority, Maj. Gen. Saad al-Geuoshy, Wednesday in the “Builders of Egypt” forum, state-run Akhbar Al-Youm reported.
“Out of 1,706 bridges across the nation, 700 are damaged and soon to collapse,” Geuoshy said, adding that roads in Egypt extend over a distance of 60,000 kilometers, of which one third are under the supervision of the authority and the rest under the responsibility of local councils.
Nearly 6 billion EGP ($840 million) is needed for the restoration of Egypt’s roads, Geuoshy added, saying that if an urgent maintenance plan was implemented regarding the bridges on the verge of collapse, it would cost 5 EGP to fix one meter, whereas it would cost 240 EGP per meter to fix a road if a collapse occurred.
The forum, which took place between Nov. 25-26, was organized by the Egyptian Federation for Construction & Building Contractors (EFCBC), and included government representatives and experts in different sectors of construction, building materials, real estate development and project management.
New road projects to construct 4,700-kilometers worth of road were one of the main issues discussed. One of the major obstacles in this construction is securing investments, according to Daily News Egypt.
Geuoshy said the authority will be in charge of 17 roads and 25 affiliated projects in the national road project, at a total length of 1,229 kilometers and at a cost of 15 billion EGP, with the participation of 15 companies, including some from the Gulf and the U.S., Akhbar Al-Youm reported Wednesday.