- The motorway network in Morocco will have a total of 1417 kilometres in June 2011, according to Moroccan Minister of Equipment and Transport. Investments in the motorway network amount to some € 3.4 billion.
Karim Ghellab, Moroccan Minister of Equipment and Transport, said the total investment amounts to about 38 billion dirhams, and provides the first master plan of highways.
Mr Ghellab made his statements yesterday in the town of Ouleb Yaich, with the launch of the proposed highway Berrechid-Béni Mellal, stressing that this master plan would be completed with the opening of the Marrakech-Agadir motorway in June of 2010 and Fez-Oujda, in June 2011.
The Moroccan Minister recalled that the highway programme falls under the 2008-2015 programme, signed in June 2008 between the Moroccan state and the National Company of Motorways in Morocco (ADM).
The additional highway programme, he said, is based on the performance of building new connections, besides the Beni Mellal Berrechid motorway (6 billion dirhams), Rabat highway (41 km, 2.8 billion dirhams), the Jadida-Safi highway (4,2 billion dirhams) and the highway Casablanca-Berrechid via Tit Mellil (1 billion dirhams).
Finally, the Minister recalled that Morocco has passed important milestones in the development and modernisation of the national motorway network, since the signing in June 2004 in Agadir of the first programme between government and ADM.
On this occasion, he stressed on accelerating the pace of implementation of projects in this area from 40 kilometres in the 1990s to 160 kilometres since 2006.
Morocco will in this way in 2015 with a network of 1,800 kilometres of highways linking all cities with a population exceeding 400,000, according to Minister Ghellab.
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