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Work on Zarqa-Azraq highway to commence soon

AMMAN — The Public Works Ministry on Monday signed an agreement with the selected contractors to implement the first phase of the rehabilitation project of the Zarqa-Azraq highway linking Jordan with Saudi Arabia under a $139-million grant from King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.

Public Works Minister Sami Halsah said all tenders were floated by the end of 2013 and work on the road will commence within two to three weeks.

The project is scheduled to be completed in three years.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, who attended the signing ceremony, voiced Jordan’s gratitude to the Saudi king, noting that the rehabilitation of the 110-kilometre highway is more for humanitarian than commercial purposes as it saves the lives of people using the vital artery, which has been in need of renovation for more than 10 years.