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Khaldeh – Nahr Ibrahim Expressway in Lebanon
14 Jun 2018


Government entity

Ministry of Public Works and Transport


Project description

Government of Lebanon(GOL) intends to build an Expressway from Khaldeh to Nahr Ibrahim on a PPP basis. The key project components are as follows:

  • Total length of the expressway is 38 km divided into a tunnel section of 12 km and a dual 3-3 lane expressway of total length approximately 20 km, Interchanges, service roads and bridges;
  • Gol might consider splitting the execution of this expressway into different standalone sections for ease of implementation and for securing the funds for the expropriation.


Objectives and expected impact

  • Reduce the severe congestion at Beirut northern and southern entrances by providing a direct connection between the north and the south instead of using Beirut internal roads;
  • Reduce the severe congestion on the coastal highway by providing an alternative route to the northern coastal highway.
  • Generate a large number of jobs;
  • Reduce pollution;
  • Enhance economic growth and reduce the country’s spending on fuel.


Expected role of the goverment

  • Provide for part or all of the expropriation funds, if needed;
  • Set an adequate yet affordable toll rate;
  • Attract competitive funding from multilateral financial institutions.


Expected role of the private partner

  • Finance and build one or more sections of the expressway;
  • Operate and maintain those section(s).


Project location

  • Stars at the town of Khaldeh South of the city of Beirut and heads northward through Choueifat, Hadath, Hazmieh, then Dikwaneh, Baouchrieh, Jal EL dib, Anteilas before it connects to the existing Northern Highway at Dbayeh north of Beirut;
  • A new tunnel from Dbayeh to Nahr Ibrahim.


Project timeline

  • Due diligence completed – March 2019;
  • Launching the tendering process – March 2020;
  • Contract Award – September 2020.


Expected capex (USD)

  • Implementation Cost: USD 1600MM;
  • Expropriation Cost: USD 1260MM.


Cooperation & Development Department,SRCIC