By Ramatoulie Jawo
The Honorable Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, Ebrima Sillah visited the North Bank Region (NBR) road projects on Thursday.
On Day 4 of his ongoing familiarisation, Minister Sillah toured lot 1 & 2 of the infrastructure to see the level of progress as well as d get first hand information from the contractors and the consultants.
The construction of the roads in the North Bank of the Gambia would serve as part of the northern transportation link of the country.
The entire project is potentially one of the major northern transportation links of the country with Senegal; and urbanized Northward traffic roads to all the nearby eighteen villages off the main truck routes corridors.
Ya Amie Ceesay, the project consultant at the NBR roads lot 1 & 2 said the Project requires the implementation of health, safety and environmental management measures during the execution of the works as well as temporary traffic diversions along the right of way
“The 29km roads down to the river side which is part of the Lot 1 the overall work progress is 100% excluding the 16km addendum of section one of the Lot 1 which is from Sabasukoto to Bambali. Section 2 of the Lot 1 is from Ngeyen Sanjal to Sarakunda, all major works for section 1 & 2 are fully completed and only pending installation of road furniture and safety measures to be handed over to the ministry to open traffic,” the project consultant explained.
She added that the work consists of the construction of Pavement, bituminous surfacing, construction of drainage structures, parking lanes and environmental, health safety management; all the sections will certainly have road signage with traffic signboards and guardrail at the high embankments.
The National Assembly member for Sabach Sanjal, Hon. Alagie Babou Ceesay called on the Works and Transport Minister and the NRA to help them construct the Yaalaba road that connects to Farafenni to ease movement for the residents, especially the school children.