When completed, the Eastbay Expressway will link Gwadar Port to Pakistan’s national highways, expanding transit between Gwadar and other parts of the country and even other regional states, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a routine press briefing on Monday.
“The artery would enhance Gwadar Port’s significance as a worldwide logistics hub while also promoting socioeconomic growth in the Gwadar Port region,” he said.
Zhao revealed that while stationed in Pakistan, he visited the Gwadar Port seven times and attended the Eastbay Expressway’s groundbreaking ceremony.
“I’m relieved that the job is finished,” he stated. “China will continue to collaborate with Pakistan on the development and operation of CPEC projects, including the Gwadar Port, and inject strong impetus into Pakistan’s economic development, improvement of people’s livelihoods, and regional economic integration, for the benefit of the local people and beyond.”
The Eastbay Expressway is a $153 million early harvest project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that promotes regional connectivity.
It runs from Gwadar Port’s China-Pak Friendship Avenue to the current Makran Coastal N-10 Highway. The expressway is 19.49 kilometers long and features a six-lane embankment and four-lane pavement in each direction, with a design speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour.
During his visit to Gwadar on June 3, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated it.