Lebanon's Khatib & Alami (K&A) is due to complete in February phase 1 of a three-phase design programme covering the mountain section of the estimated MD 6,000 million ($650 million), 320-kilometre highway between Fes, Taza and Oujda. National roads agency Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM) is the client. The 35-kilometre, two-lane mountain section, which will cost an estimated $175 million, includes nine viaducts, three interchanges, one service area and two toll stations.
Under the first design phase, K&A is reviewing existing studies previously undertaken by a consortium led by Italy's Spia. The second phase calls for the completion of basic design studies and is expected to take six-seven months, with the third phase, involving detailed designs, set to take 12-13 months. Construction tenders are expected to be launched in mid-2007 following the completion of the design programme by K&A. The Fes-Taza-Oujda project will extend the existing Rabat-Meknes-Fes road to form a major new east-west link, which in turn will be part of the planned Maghreb highway between the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott and Tobruk in Libya.ADM plans to spend almost MD 21,000 million ($2,275 million) up to 2010 on the completion or construction of 888 kilometres of roads, increasing the national network to 1,417 kilometres, excluding motorways (MEED 5:8:05).
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