Berrechid–Beni Mellal expressway
|Length:||173 km (107 mi)|
|Existed:||2014 – present|
|East end:||Beni Mellal|
|Roads of Morocco|
The Berrechid–Beni Mellal expressway (A4) under development is the most recent big project of the ADM, the company responsible for all Moroccan express-ways. The road runs mainly parallel with the existing 'Route National' number 11.
Start of building
On 12 April 2010 King Mohammed VI of Morocco formally started the building-activities for this 173 km (107 mi) long toll-road. Between this date and the expected opening in 2013 some 35 billion cubic metres (1,200×109 cu ft) of soil/ground will be moved.
This new toll-road should lower the pressure on the existing "Route National" N11.Projections predict that some 4150 vehicles will use this road straight through the Atlas Mountains each day.
Section 1: Berrechid–Ben Ahmed
The first section is 38.6 kilometres (24.0 mi) and starts at the existing expressway Casablanca-Settat on the northern side of the city of Berrechid.
Section 2: Ben Ahmed–Khouribga
The next bit is also 38.5 kilometres (23.9 mi) in length, but this bit will be built by four local Moroccan contractors: Sintram, LRN, Seprob and the SNCE.
Section 3: Khouribga–Oued Zem
The same four local contractors will also build the next 33 kilometres (21 mi) of the new road: Sintram, LRN, Seprob em de SNCE
Section 4: Oued Zem–Kasba Tadla
Another 40 kilometres (25 mi) that will be built by a Moroccan contractor: Houar
Section 5: Kasba Tadla–Beni Mellal
The final 22 kilometres (14 mi). of the expressway, terminating in Beni Mellal will be built by another Chinese contractor: Covec.
The total building costs are budgeted on 6.050 million Dirham and these investments are made via: FADES: The Arab Fund for Social and Economical Development,
the European Investment Bank and the government of China. This investment will be retrieved via the income from the toll-road, the exploration of the rest- and servicestations. Three service-stops will be built lying max. 52 km (32 mi). apart from each other. The 5 parts will be built at the same time so that the whole road can be opened for traffic in 2013.
This investment is part of the main-projectplan 2008–2015 between the ADM and the government of Morocco. This masterplan was signed on 8 July 2008 during a formal meeting which was attended by King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
By 2015 some 1,800 km (1,118 mi) roads should be built witch a total investment of 53 billion Dirham. Including this plan the FADES group has invested 26,4 billion Dirham invested in roads, potable water and other social-economical developments since 1975.