16/08/2016 source “Jeune Afrique”
Met in Abidjan in Council of Ministers, the government of the Ivory Coast gave green light to an extensive development program and approved the first phase of the Road Development Plan 2016-2025. According to a statement issued last Wednesday August 3rd, the Government approved the implementation of the phase 2016-2020 of this “ambitious program with a total cost estimated at 3.760,000 million CFA Francs (5.730 million Euros) over the period 2016-2020”.
The government of Ivory Coast says the 2016-2025 phase of the road development plan will follow up the investments made since 2011 (1.920 million Euros by the end of 2015). The plan includes “a strengthening and expansion of urban roads of the city of Abidjan and large structures. For countryside cities, is expected an extension of roads, including the capitals of district, region and department,” was mentioned in the statement without great detail.
About 4.000 kilometres of national roads
The biggest project in this program is to improve and rehabilitate 3.916 kilometres of long-distance paved roads. With a cost of 1246 million CFA francs, its implementation is expected between 2017 and 2020.
This plan also includes the development of the stretch Tiébissou-Bouake of highway Yamoussoukro-Boualé, with an estimated cost between 215 billion and 292 billion CFA Francs, whose operation start is planned between 2017 and 2020. The reform and paving of the stretch Abidjan-Dabou of the highway Abidjan-San Pedro is also planned, with an estimated cost of 90 billion CFA Francs.
The program also includes the construction of a fifth bridge in Abidjan, linking Yopougon and Adjame, a work with an expected duration of 36 months (between 2016 and 2019) and with a cost of 200 billion CFA Francs.
In 2015, the road network of Ivory Coast included 82,000 km of sort interurban roads including 6,500 km of paved roads and 4,000 km of urban roads, the most part concentrated in Abidjan.