Addis Ababa City Roads Authority (AACRA) has entered agreement with four companies to construct roads to link 40/60 condominium under construction in four sites. The roads, which will connect Kuye Fiche, Yeka Abado, Tulu Dimtu and Kilinto Housing projects are set to be finalized before transfer of 40/60 condominiums according to an earlier statement by Authority’s General Manager Fekade Haile (Eng.). This is expected to be in three to six months.
The authority has said that the roads will be 10 to 30 meters in width and 33 kilometers in total length. However, the contract will involve expansion of electric lines and telecommunication lines.
The construction projects were won by 3 local contractors and one international contractor. The companies which shall undertake the contracts – which together are valued at US$40.5m are IFH Engineering, Melcon Construction, Hafcon Construction and Aser Construction.
UNICON Consulting Engineers will be serving as the consulting firm for the construction projects, at a value of 406,525 Birr.
I.F.H Plc will undertake construction of roads at Tulu Dimitu sites (project sites of 5, 6 and 7) at the cost of 139 million birr. The road will be 9.2 kilometers long. The company is also undertaking construction of roads to service condominiums at Crown Hotel, Senga Terra and Debre Zite road. Aser Construction will undertake construction at Project sites 7 and 9 for 108.3 million birr at Yeka Abadu, while Melcon Construction will be involved in a 2.6 kilometer long road at 6th and 8th project sites in Yeka Abadu. This will cost 73 million birr. Best Consulting Plc won a deal of 285 million birr to undertake a 6.1km road in site 1 and 2 in Kuyae Fechu. Homa Construction PLC won a 119.6 million birr contract for the 3km road Kilinto.
Fekade said the road project would be undertaken without delays since write offs and other issues have been resolved, saying the Premier was following the construction projects and any issues that arose would be solved in collaboration with the premier office.
Ethiopia is undertaking various housing schemes, targeting a mixture of low, middle and upper-income earners in a bid to alleviate housing shortages. It has announced desire to construct 2.45million housing units between 2015/16 and 2020/21, through housing schemes.
The Addis Abeba Saving Houses Development Enterprise (AASHDE) also said last year it would award housing projects to international firms. Other housing schemes have also been targeted for road construction works.