The project will be split into three parts: a 220-kilometre eastern section between Batna and Tebessa, near the border with Tunisia; a 305-kilometre portion in the west linking Tiaret and El-Aricha near the Moroccan border; and a 495 kilometre section to join the two.

Studies for the central section are expected to take 30 months, with those for the western part set to take 26 months and those for the eastern section 24 months.

The project is in addition to a 1,216-kilometre motorway project already planned to run across the north of the country between the Moroccan and Tunisian borders (MEED 1:4:08).

The client for both projects is state-owned Agence Nationale des Autoroutes. The organisation was unavailable for comment.