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IN BRIEF: Addis Adaba


RINGING THE CHANGES: Rush hour snarl ups in Ethiopia's capital Addis Adaba eased this week after a new 33km ring road was opened. The carriageway was ordered by the city council to provide a fast link for trucks and buses between five main trade districts.

British consultant Parkman undertook design and supervised construction, carried out by contractor China Road & Bridge Corporation.

The scheme includes two elevated sections of 460m and 440m. Major junctions - either grade separated or roundabout - have been kept to a minimum of 2km apart to help deliver consistent traffic speeds of up to 80km/h. Donkeys are banned from the new road but footbridges have been designed to accommodate horses and cattle.

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