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Mon 11 Jan 2010 07:43 AM

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Saudi set to spend $3.16bn on roads in 2010

Spending approved for 316 projects covering some 6,400km of roads across the kingdom.

Saudi set to spend $3.16bn on roads in 2010
NEW ROADS: Some 316 projects will be undertaken this year to improve the kingdoms roads, officials said. (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia is set to spend some SR11.87bn ($3.16bn) on 6,400km of new roads this year, officials revealed on Sunday.

The total spending, which includes surpluses from previous years, will cover 316 road projects in the kingdom, Transport Minister Jebara Al-Seraisry told Arab News.

Works in Makkah province include the circular road in Jeddah, the conversion of the Jeddah-Jazan coastal road into a motorway, and the construction of an intersection on Madinah Road in Jeddah, the paper reported.

Projects in Madinah include the construction of intersections on Ali bin Abu Talib road, Quba road and Prince Abdul Mohsen road and completion of the 68-km Madinah-Hail road, Al-Seraisry told the paper.

“The budgetary allocations this year also include construction of 1,721 km of agricultural and branch roads at a total cost of SR1,195bn,” the minister said.

“Viability study and designing of 3,387 km of express roads, double lane roads and branch roads in various parts of the Kingdom will be undertaken at a cost of SR 64.3m this year,” he said.

Other projects that will be undertaken include improvements to the Riyadh-Qassim Expressway, completion of the inner city circular road in Buraidah, and the first phase of the double lane road linking Riyadh-Dammam expressway with the Abu Hadriah-Dammam road and Dammam-Jubail road, the paper said.

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