June 21, 2010
A dedication ceremony marking the completion of a major highway in the central-western region of Morocco was held in the commune of M’Zoudia. This north-south route, which is officially designated as A3 motorway, encompasses 281 miles (453 kilometers) between the cities of Casablanca and Agadir.
Construction on this highway began in 2000. The first portion of it to be opened to traffic covered 35.4 miles (57 kilometers) and connected Casablanca with the city of Settat. The 100.7-mile (162-kilometer) section between Settat and the city of Marrakesh was opened in 2007. The final portion of A3 motorway – spanning about 145 miles (233 kilometers) – was subsequently built between Marrakesh and Agadir.
Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco cut a ceremonial ribbon at the stretch of that newly completed section in M’Zoudia to help celebrate the opening of A3 motorway in its entirety. Other public officials on hand for those festivities included Karim Ghellab, Morocco’s minister of equipment and transport; and Othmane Fassi-Fihri, director-general of the Moroccan Highway Company.
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For more information on the Casblanca-Agadir expressway (A3 motorway), please check out Casablanca–Agadir expressway – Wikipedia