Egypt Cairo Ring Road


Egypt Cairo Ring Road


Cairo Ring Road


A large road network connects Cairo with other Egyptian towns and villages. There is a new Ring Road that surrounds the suburban areas of the city, with exits that reach to virtually every Cairo district. There are flyovers, and bridges such as the Sixth of October Bridge that accommodates straight, fast and efficient means of travel from one area of the city to the other. Cairo traffic has a bad reputation of being overwhelming and overcrowded.

The Cairo Ring Road is Egypt's best known byway. It consists of a subset of the freeways that encircle the city of Cairo, Egypt and covers the Greater Cairo Region. The Ring Road was first constructed in the late 1980s.

Presently, the Cairo Ring Road is a crescent shaped road, whose southwestern area remains unfinished, as the direction of the highway would take it very near the Giza pyramids – a vicinity which has been on the UNESCO's World Heritage List since 1979.
The total area of the ring road is about 110 km (68 mi) with more than half of it on desert land, less than a quarter in urbanized area, and more than that on arable land. The highway consists of eight lanes. The total allocation for the project was 3 billion Egyptian pounds. The purpose of the study of the long-term master scheme of the Greater Cairo area in Egypt brought forth the implementation of a circular shaped road around the Greater Cairo agglomeration, with the ability to add to the rapidly and significantly to a number of key city development goals:



Firstly, to reduce vehicular traffic inside the existing agglomeration (mainly the through traffic) by interconnecting the entrances and exits of the region;




Secondly, to support the goal of city de-concentration; and finally, to protect farming areas from urban development.

Ring Road Cairo

As a result of the road not being a closed circular highway, there is a project in progress to close the circle. This project has started and the UNESCO has refused that the southern part of that major road passes by the Pyramids as it is an internationally protected area. The project had thus relocated the closing of the road on top of the Marioteya waterway. Building has commenced and is expected to be finished in 2009.

Anyone who has gone through this ring road from say Maadi toKatameya, or points further, will agree it is the most hazardous road, with the most inept, devil may care drivers known to man.


Accidents are an everyday occurrence, and no police intervention to check the bad drivers tearing down the road at break neck speeds, zigzagging all over the lanes. Not just cars but the 1/2 ton delivery trucks, mini buses, large articulate trucks, large buses all act the same. All speeding somewhere so they can have a snack and boast to friends how fast they made the trip.



Night time is even worse, with lots of drivers with no, or little lights, and huge trucks parked on side, or broken down, even in the fast lane.



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