The contract, signed on Thursday May 22, 2014, covers a segment of the 275km road project from Maytsemri to Frewoyni, which is ongoing in four phases. Sur has been awarded the third phase, from Tekeze River to Abadi.
Phase one of the project has already been finalsed by Gemshu Beyene Construction Plc, who are already at work on the second phase an 87km segment for which it will be paid 777 million Br. Another company is undertaking the fourth phase, a 101kms road, for 874 million Br.
The third phase of the project is divided into two because of the difficult terrain, according to Samson Wondimu, communications head at the ERA. The first one is awarded to Sur; a contractor will be selected for the remaining 34kms during the next fiscal year.
The projects are part of the ERAs fourth Road Sector Development Program (RSDP IV).
The consultant for Surs project is Towers Consulting Engineering, a local firm.
The Tekeze River-Abadi road project will connect Maytsemri and Hauzen two detached Tigray cities. The total cost of the project will be funded by the government of Ethiopia.
The road has a 10mt carriageway width within town limits and a seven metre carriageway width in rural areas. The project will include overpasses and bridges, as well as drainage pipes, and it is expected to be finalised within three years, according to the statement of the ERA.
The contract was signed between Zaid Woldegabriel, the ERAs general director, and Tadesse Yemane, general manager of Sur Construction Plc , at the ERAs headquarters on Ras Abebe Aregay Street, near Mexico Square.
As the terrain is difficult for construction, I hope Sur will start the construction of the road before the rainy season comes and becomes an obstacle, Zaid said.
This is the 40th project for Sur with the ERA; it has so far finalised 37 projects.
Tekeze Hydro Electric Power, Tis Abay II Hydro Electric Power, Semen Terminal-Karalo Asphalt Road, Merawi-Gondar asphalt road, Humera Air Field and Mekelle University are the major projects Sur has undertaken for the ERA, according to the companys website.
Over the past five years, the ERA has worked on the rehabilitation of 728 km of trunk roads and the upgrading of 5,023kms of trunk and link roads. It has also carried out the construction of 4,331 km of new link roads and maintained 4,700kms of asphalt and gravel roads.