The Ministry of Transport is working on completing the project of developing the Western Upper Desert Road and its extension to Arqin to the south, with a length of 1155 km within 4 years, at a cost of EGP 26 billion, in 4 stages.
The road is part of the national road project, which has a total length of 7 thousand kilometers, at an estimated cost of 175 billion pounds, and which has been implemented since 2014.
Kamel al-Wazir, Minister of Transport, said that the first phase of the road is close to completion with a rate of implementation of 99% in the distance from the intersection with Fayoum to Minya, with a length of 230 km.
He explained that the second phase, which is being implemented in the distance from Minya to the Dairout axis, is 52 km long, in addition to the distance from Sabaa – Edfu – Aswan – Toshka, with a length of 325 km. There are 8 companies for carrying out earthworks and 5 companies for carrying out paving works.
The works of the third phase include the distance from the Dairout axis, passing through Assiut and Sohag to Qena, with a length of 240 km, and the fourth phase, the distance from Qena, passing through Luxor to Sabaa, with a length of 228 km, in addition to the distance from Toshka to Arqin, with a length of 100 km.
The project includes developing and expanding the road to 3 lanes in each direction with a paving width of 12 meters, and the construction of a truck road that includes 3 lanes in the direction of Assiut with a paving width of 11 meters, and a concrete road that includes two lanes in the direction of Cairo with a paving width of 9 meters to carry trucks coming from the quarries and Upper Egypt to Cairo. As well as the establishment of 21 industrial businesses, 5 bridges and 16 tunnels.
The minister stressed the need to continue to take all necessary precautionary measures at work sites to confront the Corona virus, stressing that maintaining the health and safety of workers in all projects, including road and bridge projects, is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Transport.
The Minister added that the Western Upper Desert Road will be part of the Cairo / Cape Town Corridor, and that the road is being developed to be a free hub to contribute to facilitating trade movement between Upper Egypt governorates, indicating that this project is part of the road group that will implement the smart transport systems project on roads. ITS is carried out to reduce the risk of car accidents, and to provide protection and safety for traveling passengers.
Article Transportation: Implementation of 99% of the first phase of the Western Upper Desert Road, at a cost of LE 26 billion, was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.