The Almohades hopper in Casablanca, long awaited by motorists, was opened to traffic on Saturday.
The Hopper connecting Boulevard des FAR to the Marina was inaugurated by the Wali of the Casablanca-Settat region, Said Ahmidouch in the presence of an official delegation.
Located in a dense and rapidly expanding area, with traffic of more than 53,000 vehicles per day and 4,500 vehicles at rush hour, this hopper, reserved exclusively for light vehicles, will allow traffic to flow smoothly by leveling all crossroads. along the Almohades, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah and Zaid or Hmed boulevards and leading to the Avenue des FAR, after the Zelaqa crossroads.
During the launching ceremony, explanations were presented on this book. On a linear route of 2,270 m, including 1,817 m underground, fitted out in 2 × 2 lanes, this urban hopper is considered to be the longest on the African continent.
The realization of this project lasted 48 months and required an investment of 860 million dirhams (MDH), including 310 MDH by the Ministry of the Interior (General Directorate of Territorial Communities), 250 MDH by Wessal Capital Asset Management, 240 MDH of Al Manar Development Company (CGI Subsidiary) and 60 MDH by the Municipality of Casablanca.
The construction technique is unique and used for the first time in Morocco. This is the “Top-Down” method which consists of making the diaphragm walls of the structure, laying the deck and then opening the surface to traffic before starting the excavation of the tunnel.
The hopper is fitted with latest generation equipment meeting international standards.
Indeed, 88 fixed and mobile cameras ensure the safety of users, 36 two-way fans, 600 LED floodlights with variable intensity, 8 emergency exits, a fire detection and fight system, pollution detectors, emergency videophones, electronic staking signs and variable message signs.
In addition, a real-time data acquisition and control system (SCADA) installed in a Control Station allows all of this equipment to be managed in real time, through a 5m² image wall.