Saudi Arabia: new Jeddah-Mecca highway will serve 30 million pilgrims per year


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Abu Dhabi: The Saudi Ministry of Transport and Logistics is building the new 72 km Jeddah-Mecca highway, which has four lanes in each direction, and is designed to serve 30 million Umrah pilgrims each year, reported local media.

The journey time on the fastest road from Jeddah to Mecca is 35 minutes, once the vehicle speed is set at 140 km / h.

The road also directly connects King Abdulaziz Airport to the holy capital of Mecca, making it easy to transport pilgrims. The project also helps reduce traffic congestion on existing roads, including the Haramain highway.

The completion rate of the project in its first phase was 55%, while the second phase reached 73%, and 81% of the works of the third phase were completed.

The project has four main lanes in each direction, and starts from its first point in Mecca at the intersection of the third ring road on the Al Fayhaa neighborhood side, and ends in Jeddah at the adjacent airport bridge. at the Aramco refinery, next to King Abdulaziz International Airport.

It will serve the neighborhoods north of Jeddah and travelers to the Bijou Stadium and the airport. It will also facilitate the movement of pilgrims during the Haj and Umrah seasons, to avoid crowds, especially on the road to Al Haramain.

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