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TIN news:     The Gambia Government has started construction of the Trans-Gambia Bridge project, which will cost approximately $65m.
 
This bridge project is a part of the Trans-Gambia Road Transport Corridor, which is being executed in two phases. The construction of the bridge is a part of the first phase of the project.
 
The contract for the construction has been given to JV Corsan Corvian of Spain and Arezki of Senegal. The construction is expected to be completed in three years.
"There is no doubt that the construction of the bridge will open up trade between Gambia, Senegal and the rest of the world."
 
The project aims to create an economic and strategic link to connect the northern and southern parts of both Gambia and Senegal. After completion of the bridge, the country will be able to allow free traffic flow between the northern and southern parts of both the countries.
 
Apart from the construction of the bridge, the project also includes the rehabilitation of 15km of feeder roads and construction of two regional markets.
 
The bridge has been designed so it can adapt to climate change especially to extreme events such as floods, increased salinity and temperature in the project area. It will allow for better traffic flow at a nominal speed of at least 40km/h.
 
Additionally, the travel distance of Senegalese road users travelling between the northern and southern regions would also be reduced significantly.
 
Gambia infrastructure minister Ousman Badjie said the Trans-Gambia Bridge project is a significant development in country's history.
 
The African Revew quoted Badjie as saying: "The bridge is the single biggest project ever that the government of Gambia is starting. The long-term aspiration of the government of Gambia is to achieve a solid infrastructural base for industrial development in the country."
 
Ministry of finance and economic affairs deputy permanent secretary Lamin Camara said: "There is no doubt that the construction of the bridge will open up trade between Gambia, Senegal and the rest of the world.
 
"This will translate into improving the current accounts balance of the economy and ultimately the balance of payments."

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