International Western Europe-Western China Highway Section Opens


The first section of the Western Europe – Western China international highway in South Kazakhstan has been put into operation.

SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN – On July 1, the press service of the Western Europe–Western China International Transit Corridor announced that the first section of an international highway in southern Kazakhstan has been put into operation.

For nearly three years, the South Korean company Kukdong conducted construction work on the 24-kilometre road, one of the shortest sections of the route passing through south Kazakhstan. Despite a small hitch at the start of the project, construction was completed on time. Experts from Kazdorproject were responsible for quality control.

A celebratory atmosphere accompanied the placing of the last metres of concrete into the 6.5 billion tenge ($42.7 million) section of highway. Road markings, traffic signs, auto pavilions and rest areas still need to be added to the section.

Six general contractors are engaged in the construction of the international road in southern Kazakhstan, 448 kilometres of the Western Europe–Western China route. Overall, the south Kazakhstan section of the highway will cost 70 billion tenge ($460.4 million). The construction of the highway will be fully completed by the end of the year.

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