47-kilometre section of the Hassanabdal-Havelian motorway, commonly known as the Hazara motorway has been completed from Burhan to Shah Maqsoodan interchange and would be opened for traffic on December 15 2017. According to an NHA official, both the 20-kilometer Package-I, that starts from Burhan and ends at Jarikas and the 20-kilometer Package-II, that starts from Jarikas and ends at Sarai Saleh have been completed.
The E35 Expressway or Hazara Expressway is a 180 kilometer controlled-access expressway linking the Burhan Interchange near Hasan Abdal in Punjab province with Haripur, Havelian, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Shinkiari, Battagram, and Thakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The project is divided into 7 packages; the first three (from Burhan to Havalian) are nearing completion and will be inaugurated on 27 December 2017 by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The expressway is not being financed by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, but will instead be financed by the Asian Development Bank, along with a ₨10.021 billion (US$95 million) grant from the United Kingdom.
The 180 km long, 6 lane expressway, will begin its route at its southernmost portion – the Burhan Interchange which will be located to the west of Hasan Abdal near the village of Koliya on the banks of the Haro River in northern Punjab province on M1 Motorway. The route tracks northeast, and crosses the Haro River. The Jharikass Interchange will be located immediately east of the river, where the expressway will intersect with the N-35 National Highway at Tareen Abad bus stop, further eastwards is Hattar Industrial Area and on West is the Village Char. The expressway will continue eastwards, where it will connect to Haripur Road via the Hattar Interchange near the town of Kot Najibullah. From there it will continue towards east to N-125 National Highway, which it will connect via the Chechiyan Interchange, 6 miles south of Haripur – thus serving as a bypass and alternative route to the N-35 National Highway which courses directly through the city of Haripur. The expressway will further continue eastwards for 2 miles before turning northeast towards the town of Shah Maqsood, where the Shah Maqsood Interchange will connect the expressway, for a second time, with the N-35 National Highway. From there the highway will run roughly parallel to the N-35 National Highway as it travels northeast towards the city of Havelian. At the confluence of the Dor River and the Salhad Nalah, the Havelian Interchange will connect the expressway with the N-35 National Highway for direct access to Havelian. The next phase will extend the expressway further north to Abbottabad via the 1.7 km Shimla tunnel and will continue on to Manshera, Battagram and terminate at Thakot to rejoin the N-35.
The Havelian-Thakot section of the expressway is expected to be completed in 2019.