In order to fluidify transportation traffic in the region of Ben Arous, South-east to Tunis, and to improve the connection between the north and south regions of Tunis, the ministry of Habitat and territory development (Ministère de l’Equipement et de l’Habitat et de l’aménagement du territoire) through the Directorate of bridges and causeways (Direction Générale des Ponts et chaussées) launched a project to build an express road of 3.3km passing through the forest of Rades which lays on 260ha .
This forest represents the biggest green part of Tunis’ southern periphery and is located in an industrial zone, surrounded by three cities: Ben Arous, Megrine and Rades.
Considering the short timeframe allowed for the conception of the project, the non-inclusion of civil society and the fact that this road would cut part of the forest to split it in two parts, local NGOs and inhabitants have raised their voices in order to make sure that this road does not pass through the forest.
Besides requiring the cutting of 30ha of the forest equivalent to 15,000 trees  (6000 according to the government ) this project represents a loss of vegetation and related ecosystem , a decrease of green public space, the warming of the local environment , a threat to the local biodiversity , and a new source of noise pollution. Local NGOs also fear that this project would favor and accelerate the urbanization of the area with new constructions coming along or later with this project .
With regard to legal aspects, local NGOs have claimed that few principles enshrined within the Tunisian constitution have not been taken into consideration while elaborating the project, such as: Article 139 which highlights the need to integrate a large participation from the citizens and civil society into the elaboration of development and urban planning projects ; Article 45 which underlines the right to a healthy environment ; and the preamble of this constitution which stresses the need to preserve a healthy environment .
Local NGOs claim that alternatives to passing through the forest do exist but have not been taken into consideration. Besides criticizing that this project only adds value to the use of means of transportation which pollute and degrade the environment, while meeting with the respective ministry, a few representatives of NGOs have provided elements for alternative solutions including another way for the road that would not pass through the forest, but such proposals have been refused by the ministry.
Already discussed in 2016, the project was planned to start in June 2018 . As of today (August 2018) the work did not start. The fight against the beginning of the construction is still ongoing and NGOs have warned that new forms of mobilizations might appear if the project goes further  .