Work on the first stretch of the US$55.6 million bypass around Rabat is now complete. The 6km stretch of the N°2 Rabat-Salé route forms part of a wider plan to develop Rabat. The final stretch linking El Oulja with the N°6 national road should be complete in the next few months. The new bypass is intended to reduce the chronic congestion that can occur in the area at peak periods, resulting in far longer travel times for drivers. Morocco’s growing economy has resulted in a parallel growth in vehicle numbers in the country, increasing traffic congestion right across the country’s key cities.