Senegal: Work starts on Diamniadio-Pikine highway
16 February 2010
Work started on the second phase of the Dakar- Diamniadio toll highway on Friday 12 February, in the presence of the President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade.
The highway, some thirty kilometres in length, is being financed to the amount of 664 million Dollars. The work which started on Friday involves the Diamniadio-Pikine stretch, according to the APS press agency.
This transport infrastructure project is the first to see the light of day by way of a public-private partnership in sub-Saharan Africa.
The State financed phase 1 of the work in its entirety, while phase 2 has been financed by the Eiffage Group and a number of development partners, among them the World Bank, the French Development Agency, and the African Development Bank.
The highway is intended to ease congestion in the area of Greater Dakar, and should be operational in the course of 2011.<br/>