Ethiopia - Modjo-Hawassa Highway Project – Phase 1

Project Summary

Approval Date 06 Nov 2013
Signature Date 06 Dec 2013
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2022
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 85,710,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Modjo – Hawassa Highway Project (Phase I) is within the broad five-year Road Sector Development Program – RSDP-IV (2011-15) program in Ethiopia. The RSDP is an ambitious program intended to enhance road transport service throughout the country, through upgrading and road maintenance as well as build domestic contracting capacity. The current Modjo – Hawassa road is a dilapidated single 2-lane carriageway that has already served its design life and requires upgrading. The road section forms a link within the Cape Town to Cairo road corridor connecting southern, eastern and northern Africa. The current capacity is insufficient to cater for the growing traffic demands, including international heavy traffic. The Modjo – Hawassa Highway Project (209km) will be implemented in two phases. Phase I consists of the construction of 93 km of a new asphalt surfaced 4-lane dual carriageway road between Modjo and Zeway towns. Furthermore the Modjo- Hawassa highway lies mostly in Oromia Region and is part of the major Mombasa- Nairobi-Addis Ababa highway. This project is therefore a logical continuation of this transport expansion program and when completed in 2019, it will provide a wide range of socio-economic benefits, supporting national and regional trade. It will be implemented in 5 years.

Project Objectives

The project objective is to improve road transport connectivity between Modjo and Hawassa by increasing the traffic-carrying capacity of the road. The outcomes include improved road transport, reduced travel times and costs, afforestation, creation of inclusive green economy at grass root, and improved road safety, gender and HIV/AIDS sensitization.


The direct beneficiaries will include transporters, travelers, traders, agro-businesses, and others who will benefit from an improved road connection to Addis Ababa. Local communities (especially youth and women), will for the short-term, benefit from supplying labor, food and accommodation for immigrant workers, including improved environmental and economic conditions, and access to health and education facilities.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Ethiopia
Ethiopian Roads Authority


IATI identifier 46002-P-ET-DB0-018
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name WA-KYENDO Mumina Augustus

Geographic Location

Country Ethiopia
Coordinates Location Name
8.15 38.8167 Meki
8.21353 38.8481 East Shewa Zone
8.6 39.1167 Mojo
7.93333 38.7167 Ziway