Gambia Bridge Ancilary Studies
- Reference: P-GM-DB0-005
- Approval date: 19/10/2014
- Start date: 05/01/2015
- Appraisal Date: 03/06/2014
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY
- Location: Trans-Gambia Highway
The Project will cover study of road improvement options for the section of the Trans-Gambia Corridor between Farafenni -Senoba. The activities shall include: engineering surveys; traffic focus studies; road design options; economic analysis; environmental and social impact analysis; optimum selection of design option; detailed engineering design and preparation of bidding documents. The study shall also analyse institutional models options for tolling the Trans-Gambia Bridge and advise on the best model. Detailed costing for implementing the selected option shall be developed.
The overall goal of the study is to support design and implementation of physical project and or transactions to ensure project readiness for public financing. The specific objective of the study is to identify physical project rehabilitation improvement options on the Trans-Gambia road corridor arising from increased traffic after bridge completion, analyze technical and economic viability, assess the environmental and social impact, and prepare detailed engineering and tender documents. The study will also access and propose the best institutional model for tolling the bridge.
The Trans-Gambian Corridor is an economic and strategic link connecting the northern and southern parts of The Gambia and Senegal. Interstate transit on the corridor is characterized by poor condition of physical infrastructure including roads and lack of reliable connection at Yalitenda in the Gambia. The Bank is currently participating in the financing of the corridor in two phases. Phase I includes constructions of the Bridge and two one stop border posts. Government intends to toll the bridge as part of its sustainability strategy though details of how this would be undertaken are not clear. Phase II will include rehabilitation of 137 km of Senoba-Ziguinchor in Senegal and pavement strengthening of 24 km of Farafenni -Senoba in The Gambia. Studies for the road sections in Senegal have been completed while those in The Gambia are yet to be undertaken. In this regard, ancillary studies to the Trans-Gambia Bridge were included in the Joint Assistance Strategy (2012-2015) prelude to Phase II.
The project road traverses the corridor connecting north and south parts of the Gambia and Senegal. The population along the project area of influence comprises of famers, fishing communities, traders and transporters. The described population along the project road will target beneficiaries when the road is strengthened. The project benefits will comprise improved mobility on the roads and access to social-economic services in the project area of influence.
MWILA Aaron Katambula - OITC1