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Jordan's $324m Desert Highway Project 75% complete, 246km open

Minister of Public Works and Housing in Jordan, Falah Al-Amoush says, 246km stretch of the road was opened in three parcels

27km stretch of the road is due to be completed in January 2020. [representational]
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27km stretch of the road is due to be completed in January 2020. [representational]

The Minister of Public Works and Housing in Jordan, Falah Al-Amoush said construction work on the $324m Desert Highway Project is 75% complete, with 246km-long stretch of the road having opened to public.

Funded by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), with $138m in grant and $105m in loan, the highway connects Jordan with Saudi Arabia through the Mudawwarah border crossing.

According to Al-Amoush, 246km of the highway was opened in three parcels that includes 156km of road from Aqaba to Amman, while the remaining stretch was opened in the opposite direction.

In an Arabic-language report the Jordan news agency Petra cited Al-Amoush, who said that the completed parts of the road will be used as traffic diversion routes. He added that the ministry has adopted international standards to ensure safety and flow of traffic.

The minister said that an additional 27-kilometre stretch of the road is scheduled to be completed in January 2020. Desert Highway project is one of the most important external roads in Jordan, according to Al-Amoush.

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