Rabat – The road projects launched as part of the “Al Hoceima Manarat Al Moutawassit” development program will help improve the region’s socio-economic conditions and road safety, said Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Abdelkader Amara during an appearance in Al Hoceima on Wednesday.
The ongoing and new road projects will help improve the region’s socio-economic conditions, road safety and user services, facilitate access to the Mediterranean bypass and enhance the region’s tourism potential, Amara said.
The minister made a field visit to survey the progress of the projects which were launched under the massive multi-sector development program for Al Hoceima.
“These projects touch on the widening and strengthening of provincial road N° 5209 linking Ait Kamra and Al Hoceima by Izmouren over 13 km, of provincial road N° 5207 over 19.5 km between Bni Hdifa and M’rika, as well as of national road N° 8 between Targuist (RN2) and Bni Boufrah (RN16) over 24 km,” Amara said.
The plan to widen and strengthen provincial road N° 5209, which will require 12 months of construction, has an overall budget of MAD 47 million.
“This plan aims to facilitate and improve vehicle access via the western entrance of Al Hoceima and to upgrade services provided for road users. The expansion is especially important given that this road will eventually provide primary access to the grand Al Hoceima stadium now under construction, and also to the Ait Kamra industrial zone which is the region’s economic development hub,” he added.
The minister explained further that widening and reinforcing national road N° 8, with a cost of MAD 105 million, also includes moving the existing public utility networks (drinking water and electricity), as well as additional environment-related work that will require an estimated 24 months to complete.
Regarding the project to widen and strengthen provincial road N° 5207, “it requires a total budget of MAD 43 million, financed by the Agency for Northern Provinces Promotion and Development and will span 12 months,” said the minister.
The Manarat Al Moutawassit regional development program for the Al Hoceima area is financed jointly by the Ministry and the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, and to which a total budget of MAD 6.5 billion has been allocated.