Ivory Coast/Africa Cup of Nations (CAN 2023): Abidjan’s fourth bridge and other transport infrastructure financed by the African Development Bank are now open to traffic

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Wednesday January 10, a few days before the opening of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (CAN 2023), the Ivorian Prime Minister, Robert Beugré Mambé, inaugurated the fourth bridge in Abidjan, the “Y4” bypass, and the urban roads of the Civil Prison. and Dabou respectively, all built with funding from the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) – to traffic.

An enthusiastic crowd joined several government members, heads of institutions, Bank Group executives and representatives of participating private sector construction companies for the opening of the bridge and roads. The road works are expected to ease traffic jams in Ivory Coast’s six million-strong financial capital, known as one of the most congested cities in Africa.

“In the name of the President of the Republic, we declare the fourth bridge of Abidjan open to traffic,” declared Prime Minister Beugré Mambé, alongside the President of the National Assembly, Adama Bictogo, and the President of the Senate, Kandia Camara. “We only ask one thing from motorists, and that is to be careful, because the work is not yet finished.”

The Prime Minister stressed that the new infrastructure would give Abidjan the status of a modern city.

In the immediate future, the infrastructure will facilitate the movement of tens of thousands of African football supporters who have already started to arrive in Abidjan for the CAN2023 matches; Ivory Coast hosts the tournament from January 13 to February 11. The bridges were built as part of the Abidjan Urban Transport Project (PTUA), which is, in turn, a component of the Greater Abidjan Urban Transport Master Plan.

Nearly 1.4 kilometers long, the fourth bridge spans Banco Bay – an arm of the Ebrié lagoon – to connect the communes of Plateau and Adjamé and Yopougon via Attécoubé. With two million inhabitants, Yopougon is the most densely populated commune in the country and a major industrial center, while Adjamé and the Plateau are the country’s main administrative and commercial centers.

The fourth bridge will speed up the movement of goods between the south of the city, where the port and the Vridi industrial zone are located, and the west and north, where new industrial zones have emerged rapidly, according to the Minister of Equipment and Development of the country. Road maintenance, Amédé Koffi Kouakou. The bridge, with 24 tolls, also provides a preferred transit route between the port of Abidjan and international corridors serving the landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, which use the port to access the ocean.

Nearly 70,000 vehicles will use the bridge every day, whose connected access roads will facilitate the daily travel of hundreds of thousands of Abidjan residents and help relieve congestion on existing roads. At a cost of 160 million euros, the construction of the bridge took 65 months, or approximately five and a half years.

“These roads will help ease traffic congestion in Abidjan,” Minister Kouakou said. “Before, it took the inhabitants of Yopougon two hours to get from the Plateau. It will now take them five to ten minutes to get home. The time saved will be invaluable!

The African Development Bank provided around 600 million euros for the project and attracted other donors such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Global Environment Facility, which contributed 103 million respectively euros and 6.4 million euros.

“This project concerns infrastructure, the environment, social issues and many other aspects,” underlined Jean-Noël Ilboudo, division head of the Bank’s transport infrastructure division for West Africa. “This is fully in line with the Bank’s five operational priorities. »

Stressing that 3,000 women will benefit from income-generating activities, he added: “All these infrastructures will make traffic flow more fluid, improve the living conditions of Abidjan residents and reduce road accidents.”

The Ivorian Prime Minister also inaugurated several roads. These include the west exit, which provides access to the corridor leading to San-Pédro, the country’s second port; the eastern exit, leading to Ghana and Burkina Faso; a road extending Latrille Boulevard, the main urban artery connecting the east and west of the city; and the city’s northern ring road, known as “Y4”. Located to the east of the town, these latter roads facilitate traffic towards the town of Bingerville. A tunnel was also opened in Abobo, a densely populated municipality north of Abidjan.

Koffi Emmanuel, a worker working on the fourth bridge site, said he was proud to be able to help transform the image of Abidjan: “We have been building this bridge since 2018,” he declared. “We are satisfied with this first small ceremony, because we know that the official grand opening is not far away now. I am really happy because I know that my friends, my children and my grandchildren will cross this bridge which now connects all of Abidjan and because it shows that Côte d’Ivoire is opening up to the whole world.

Road user Lassina Demé, who lives in Yopougon, was satisfied with being able to cross the new bridge. “Before, it was difficult to cross here; it was quite scary,” he said astride his motorbike. “Now we can cross without any problem. It used to take 20 minutes to cross this bridge, now it only takes two.

Distributed by APO Group for the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

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Media contact:
Romaric Ollo Hien
Department of Communication and External Relations

About the African Development Bank Group:
The African Development Bank Group is the leading development finance institution in Africa. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). Present on the ground in 44 African countries with an external office in Japan, the Bank contributes to the economic development and social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information: www.AfDB.org

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