Algeria East – West Highway construction has resumed after the COVID-19 lockdown. The six lane highway project is regarded as the biggest public works projects now in the world. Upon completion, the project is projected to cost US $13 billion and will be 1216km long spanning from the border at Tunisia (East) to Morocco (West).
The Algeria East-West Highway is also referred to as the A1 Highway, and has been under construction since 2007. Algeria is a rich oil producer and funded the works itself out of a $60 billion national economic recovery program. The road was mostly constructed by a Japanese led consortium, until recently when the last sections were given to the Chinese firm, CITIC.
Other hub roads are under construction as well, thus providing a link to other important cities of the inner part of the country. The East-West highway is the first stage of Algeria’s five-year plan, to spend US$40.9 billion on modernising the road networks and increasing ports’ capacity.
High highway. Work continues on Algeria's US$13billion 1216km East-West Highway, one of the biggest public works projects now in the world. When finished it will run from the Morocco border completely across the country to Tunisia. pic.twitter.com/rYyZbPBDlX
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