CONNECTING THE CAPITAL


The Addis Abeba City Roads Authority (AACRA), which successfully finalised the construction of the Bole road, onAfrica Avenue, in little over a year, has managed to increase the road coverage of the city to 15.64pc.  This has been achieved by constructing 843Km of new road, since 2008, when the Kuma Demekssa administration took the position from the caretaker administration. When the outgoing Addis Abeba City Administration, led by Kuma, took over the city, the road coverage of Addis Abeba was 11.4pc. However, this figure climbed to 15.64pc, by the end of the recently completed fiscal year.  This was according to Fekade Haile (Eng), manager of the Authority, who presented the AACRA’s five year performance on Friday, July 13, 2013, at the headquarter of the Authority. This led the AACRA achieving more than its plan, which was to increase the road coverage to 15pc, by the end of the 2012/13 fiscal year.  This was stipulated in the city’s five year plan. Since Kuma’s administration took power, in 2008, the Authority has managed to construct an additional 843Km of road, increasing the road network to 3,106Km. Out of the newly constructed road, 165Km is asphalt, while the remainder are gravel and cobblestone roads. However, the challenges for the new city administration, led by Deriba Kuma, seem enormous. It involve a total of 35 incomplete projects, which will fall onto its shoulders. The Authority has spent close to 10 billion Br to accomplish these projects, over the past five years.



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