Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, is developing its road network with a series of projects underway. In the last six months the city authorities have pushed ahead with works to 385km of roads. Around US$231 million has been budgeted for road development work, including building new links and maintaining existing roads.
At present Addis Ababa’s road network extends for a total of 5,915km, compared with 5,365km in 2014. Meanwhile 2,616km of the city’s roads are surfaced with asphalt, around 44% of the total network.
Much of the road expansion and maintenance programme has been devised by the Addis Ababa City Roads Authority (AACRA). However AACRA has the direct responsibility for just 16% of the city’s total road network. Developing the city’s road network has been placed as a high priority by the city authorities. For 2018, the city authorities have allotted 15.5% of the total budget to road development work.