Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi while inspection tour of number of road projects in east Cairo (Photo courtesy of the presidential spokesman official Facebook page)
The tour included the new axis underway in parallel to the Cairo-Suez road, which will connect the First Settlement and Cairo International Airport through the new mass transit terminal.
The new axis will serve as a traffic artery linking the neighbourhoods and areas of east Cairo with New Cairo City, in a way that alleviates pressure on the Cairo-Suez road in order to reduce commuting time.
The president also inspected the expansion works of the Ring Road from east Cairo to the Khosous district, as well as the latest developments concerning the development plan of the Ain Shams suburb, northeast of Cairo.
Egypt is working on expanding the 106-kilometre-long highway that loops around Greater Cairo from eight lanes to 14, or from 37.2 metres to 60 metres in width, with a total cost of up to EGP 8 billion.
The president stressed to officials in charge of the projects the significance of abiding by technical standards in implementing those road projects, highlighting the benefits foreseen from the projects in smoothing traffic flow in Greater Cairo and the surrounding areas.
A national project for road development was launched by El-Sisi in 2014 with the goal of building and upgrading 7,000 kilometres of roads at a cost of EGP 175 billion ($10.9 billion).