CAIRO: The first road to be finalized in the national road network project will be inaugurated April 25, the Head of Central Agency for Reconstruction Mohamed Nasser told Youm7 Sunday.
The opening of the Bany Mazar el-Beouty Road will coincide with the celebrations of the anniversary of Sinai liberation.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi launched the national project in August 2014, which includes building 39 new roads and maintenance of old ones. The inauguration of some of the roads, although announced to take place a few months ago, was delayed reportedly due to unfinished works.
The cost of the 220 km road of Bany Mazar has reached 700 million EGP, Nasser said.
He added that 65 percent of works at the Dayrout-Farafra Road has been accomplished. The 310km-road is expected to be opened during the October war anniversary.
For the June 30 highway linking Ismailia and Port Said, Nasser said that 45 percent of the work has been completed, adding that the length of the road reaches 105 km, and it costs 1.8 billion EGP.
The June 30 highway has been called one of the important roads among the project, and 13 companies have been tasked with its construction.
The highway is going to run as an international road parallel to Suez Canal, to link Mediterranean Sea ports and the Regional Ring Road. It is believed the road will reduce traffic congestion on the agricultural road, besides benefiting the Suez Canal Corridor Area Project, Nasser commented.
Since 2014, Egypt has launched various projects and campaigns to improve road safety. Besides building new roads, the government has launched random drug-tests for drivers and maintenance to dilapidated bridges.