Saudi to spend $3bn on new roads in 2011

Saudi to construct 6,600km of new roads at a cost of $3bn

The highway from Jeddah to Makkah.
The highway from Jeddah to Makkah.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to construct 6,600km of new roads this year at a cost of $3billion. The government has boosted its transportation and communication projects budget by 5% to $6.72billion.

Saudi’s current plans include expediting, developing and maintaining 30,200km of ongoing single, double and highway road projects, and the review of project plans and designs for an additional 2,100km of new roads.

Development in Makkah, Islam’s holiest site, in particular has been fuelling the local pilgrim transport sector’s annual growth by 10% to 15%, and has spurred related road and bridge developments.

Organised by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Municipalities & Rural Affairs and the International Quality & Productivity Centre (IQPC), the Saudi Urban Transport Conference will explore the Kingdom’s transport development plans.

“This event will contribute significantly to the greater integration of modes of land transport and the adoption of advanced transportation demand management and intelligent transportation solutions,” said Dr. Ossama Albar, Mayor of Makkah.

The Saudi Urban Transport Conference runs from 19 to 22 February at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel in Saudi Arabia.

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