Addis Ababa is to get a new eight-lane road running from La Gare railway station in the city centre to the Kaliti ring road to the south. The road will follow the Ethio-Djibouti railway line as it enters the Ethiopian capital from the south, with four carriageways on one side of the tracks and four on the other. The plans have been entrusted to local civil engineer Zewdie Eskinder, who is also behind the planned expansion of Bole Road. The design should be finalised in 2008 and construction is due to start during the next fiscal year, which in Ethiopia begins and ends in July. Once complete, the new road is expected to relieve pressure on existing access routes to local industries, which are largely concentrated in central and southern parts of the city.

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