The Dire Dawa-Dewele toll road project, which cost 5.2 billion Br, was inaugurated on June 16, 2019. About 85pc of the construction was financed through a loan obtained from the Export-Import Bank of China, and the remaining sum was funded by the government. The 220Km road is the second toll road in Ethiopia after the Addis-Adama Expressway. The old Dire Dawa-Dewele road was a gravel road that disrupted transportation due to frequent damage caused by floods and landslides. The new expressway will reduce traveling time from ten to four hours. The new expressway is expected to serve 438,000 vehicles and expected to collect 90 million Br in 2020.
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