Algeria is spending heavily on its portion of the important Trans-Sahara Highway route. The country has so far spent US$2.25 billion on developing the route. Work to around 850km of the route will be carried out in Algeria in time, although only a portion of the route is so far under construction. Work to a further 250km section is being planned. The project is being managed by Algeria’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport. The route crossing the Sahara is of immense economic importance to the countries along its route.