Rabat Ring Road
|Rabat Bypass motorway|
|Length:||41.7 km (25.9 mi)|
|Existed:||2016 – present|
|History:||Construction started in 2011, opening since 2016|
|North end:||Rabat North|
|local roads: Technopolis, Salé, Rabat, Tamesna|
|South end:||Rabat-Casablanca expressway A3|
|Roads of Morocco|
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.
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, 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.
Building began in 2011 and the projected opening since 2016.