The face of road construction in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa’s is experiencing a leap of infrastructure development. One of these developments is the city wide road construction initiative. However, many roads in Addis Ababa especially in the rainy season get completely damaged and are not convenient to use. Many reasons could be sited for this mishap. But the major reason could be sited as the roads being constructed without the proper quality in the first place. The government allots a large amount of budget for road construction each year. Unfortunately some roads are not constructed with the proper quality. Aside the large amount of money the government allocates for this activity, it also incurs another additional expenses for repairing or redesigning the roads as it can be seen from the total reconstruction and replacement of the newly finalized Kotebe road near Ararat Hotel. This road was surfaced with asphalt and unexpectedly it deconstructed and new project is going on in the same place wasting the first finalized road. This wouldn’t happen if the roads were constructed with the proper quality in the first place. The country loses lots and lots of money just for repairing these damaged roads which ironically get damaged few months after getting repaired. This clearly shows the allotted money is not entirely spent on the designated projects. The government has felt these urge to hold these people accountable and Addis Ababa road authority is amongst the government institutions investigated for corruption and whose officials were arrested just recently. TE believes that such follow up from the government side is very encouraging step forward and we hope not to see cancelation of finalized road projects and initiation of another replica that indirectly costs the public. Therefore, the society expects to see no substandard road construction. And finally we thank the Addis Ababa City Administration for the continuously growing infrastructure development for the sustainable socio economic development.

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