Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inspected on Friday the ongoing work to expand the Greater Cairo Ring Road's eastern archway sector, which is part of a larger plan to expand and upgrade road infrastructure nationwide.
The eastern archway sector, which carries thousands of vehicles every day, will link the Gehan El-Sadat Road with the Shubra-Benha Road.
The president also inspected the project to connect Al-Asmarat district to El-Shaheed Road and Shinzo Abe Road, according to a statement by presidency’s spokesman Bassam Rady.
“These new roads serve tens of thousands of vehicles around the clock and significantly reduce traffic congestion and cut daily travel time around the Greater Cairo region,” Rady said.
The new roads will facilitate “smooth and fast transportation, reduce rates of car accidents and cut fuel costs,” Rady added.
The development work on the eastern archway involves expanding its lanes to eight in each direction.
During the inspection tour, El-Sisi called for the strict application of measures to protect the health and safety of the workers, according to Rady.
Over the past few years, the state has implemented numerous road projects in different governorates worth hundreds of billions Egyptian pounds, including the construction of new bridges and the widening of major roads.
In 2014, El-Sisi launched the National Road Project to develop and expand the country’s 23,500km road network.
The construction of new roads and the upgrading of existing ones have contributed to a significant drop in road accidents in recent years.
The number of road accidents in Egypt fell by around 30 percent in 2019 to 9,992, down from 14,403 in 2014, according to a report by Egypt’s statistical news agency CAPMAS in June 2020.
Moreover, Egypt’s rank in terms of the quality of its road infrastructure in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competition Report recently rose from 118 to 28.
The state plans to implement 1,769 projects in road infrastructure by 2024 at a total cost of EGP 464 billion.