Algeria East–West Highway

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A1 autoroute
Route information
Length1,216 km (756 mi)
HistoryMostly completed as of 2016
Major junctions
East endAnnaba
West endEl Bettim Maghnia
Major citiesConstantine, Setif, Algiers, Blida, Oran, Tlemcen
Highway system
Highways in Algeria
Construction near Aïn Turk (2005)

The East-West Highway (Arabic: الطريق السيار شرق-غرب‎), also referred to as the A1 Highway, is a motorway construction project in Algeria, with most construction completed by 2015. The project of a six-lane highway across Algeria was launched in 2007, and is claimed to be one of the largest public works projects in the world.[1]

The US$11 billion project is being undertaken by a complex consortium of international suppliers, and there have been concerns about corruption, waste, and delays.[2][3] The Central and Western sections of the road were built by a consortium of China Railway Construction Corporation and CITIC while the Eastern section was constructed by a Japanese consortium of Kajima Corporation, Nishimatsu Construction Company, Itochu Corporation, Hazama Corporation and Taisei Corporation.[4]


Tunnel (2015)

When completed, the highway will run 1,216 km (756 mi) from the Moroccan border to the Tunisian border, connecting Algeria's major coastal cities.[5] Other hub roads are under construction as well, thus providing a link to other important cities of the inner part of the country. The East-West highway was the first stage of Algeria's five-year plan, which included spending US$40.9 billion on modernization of road networks and increasing ports' capacity.


  1. ^ "East-West Highway - Road Traffic Technology". Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  2. ^ "East-West Highway to trouble". Africa-Asia Confidential. Archived from the original on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  3. ^ "Echorouk Online - Delayed development projects cost Algeria a loss of 10.5 billion dollars". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-11-09.
  4. ^ "East-West Highway, Algeria". Road Traffic Technology.
  5. ^ "Construction of East West Highway in Algeria". 2010-11-09. Archived from the original on 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2010-11-09.

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