Islamabad: According to a news source, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Chairman Lt. General (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa announced on Sunday (May 2) via his official Twitter account that construction work on the Eastbay Expressway Gwadar project is nearing completion.
Construction of the 14.5-kilometer long offshore expressway has already been completed, according to Chairman Bajwa’s information, while work on the remaining 4.5 kilometer-long patch of the road is underway, with 92 percent of the project completed so far; construction work will be completed by October this year. The road in question is being built to help with cargo handling between the Gwadar port and the Makran Coast highway, which connects to other parts of the country.
The Gwadar Port Authority and the China Communication Construction Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project in September 2017, and construction on the Eastbay Expressway began the following month. Construction of the 19.5-kilometer long, 6-lane wide expressway was estimated to cost PKR 17 billion, according to estimates made at the time.