Rabat Ring Road

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Rabat Bypass motorway
Route information
Length: 41.7 km (25.9 mi)
Existed: 2016 – present
History: Construction started in 2011, opening since 2016
Major junctions
North end: Rabat North
  local roads: Technopolis, Salé, Rabat, Tamesna
South end: Rabat-Casablanca expressway A3
Highway system
Roads of Morocco

The Rabat Ring Road or Rabat Bypass (official name Rocade de contournement de Rabat) is a Moroccan expressway around the capital Rabat.[1]

Background[edit]

The road is constructed to relieve the city of Rabat and Salé from passing-through traffic. Like all Moroccan expressways the road is being constructed by the ADM or in full the Société Nationale des Autoroutes du Maroc. This new by-pass will shorten traveling times for ongoing traffic between Casablanca and the North and it will also decrease the number of accidents as the Moroccan expressways have better safety records then local and national roads.[2]

The route[edit]

The new ringroad will connect to the existing motorway from Casablanca in the South and finally connect to the existing A1 and A2 towards the North and North-East of the country.

Characteristics[edit]

The total length of the ringroad will be 41,1 km: 36 km main-route and 5,1 km upgrade of existing roads. There will be 5 interchanges with other roads - one of them the junction with the A3 expressway from Casablanca.

There will be one 'service area' with petrol-station, restaurant and a place for praying at KP26 (KP=kilometre numbering, so at 26 km from the startpoint). Other nearby service-points are at KP 27 of the Casablanca-Rabat expressway and at KP28 of Rabat-Kentira expressway.

Three bridges are being built over the Bou Regreg,[citation needed] Yoem and Akkrach rivers or streams. Apart from that a total of 38 structures are projected: 14 overpasses, 16 underpasses, 5 road-tunnels (5 x 5 metre) and two pedestrian crossings.

There will be one single toll-barrier. Some 15 million cubic metres (m3) of earth will be moved during the construction: 7 million m3 cuttings and 8 million m3 embankments.

Costs[edit]

The projected costs for this bypass 2762 million dirhams without tax,[1] averageing at 66,4 MDH/km.

Building began in 2011 and the projected opening since 2016.[1]

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ADM with project details on the Rabat Ringroad, (French), visited 17 March 2012
  2. ^ ADM website on Safety records, visited 17 March 2012