Jordan's $324m Saudi Fund-backed desert highway 60% complete
Spokesperson for Jordan’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing says upgrade work will complete by mid-2020
Jordan’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing said maintenance work on its desert highway – a $324m project that connects Jordan with Saudi Arabia through the Al Mudawwarah border crossing, of which $138m was provided by Saudi Fund for Development as a grant and another $105m as a loan – was progressing ahead of schedule, and had noted 60% completion.
According to an Arabic-language report by Jordan news agency Petra, the ministry’s spokesperson, Omar Maharmeh, said that development works were “three months ahead of schedule” and would be completed by mid-2020.
Tenders for the project were signed in July 2018, and development work includes renovating the road and building a new highway with three lanes on each side.