Desert Highway project expected to be completed in Q3 of this year

Work on the Desert Highway project
Desert Highway project. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Work on the Desert Highway project is expected to be completed during the third quarter of this year, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

On Monday, Minister of Public Works and Housing and Minister of Transport Maher Abu Samen inspected project works to rehabilitate the remaining parts of the Desert Highway between Ras Al-Naqab and Al-Humayma.

During the inspection tour, the minister was given a detailed briefing on the progress of the project works which are divided into two separate sections ­— the first between Mraigha and Debbet Hanout, which has a completion rate of 50 percent, and the second from Debbet Hanout to Al-Humayma, which is 65 percent complete.

Project detailsThe project works include removing old layers of asphalt and repaving the highway, in addition to installing water conduits and conducting slope protection and traffic safety works.

In addition, the project involves expanding the highway to three lanes and a shoulder for those coming from Aqaba towards Amman, and two lanes and a shoulder for traffic moving from Amman towards Aqaba.

Major arteryAbu Samen stressed the importance of the project in terms of development and tourism, as the highway is a major artery linking the port of Aqaba to the various governorates of the Kingdom.

He also highlighted the need to complete the project works within the set timeframe, securing elements that protect public safety in accordance with the highest international engineering standards.

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