The Sierra Leone government has signed a US$17m road construction project, the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) announced in a statement on Monday.The 46km road is the second and final phase of the Sierra Leone leg of the Trans-Africa road project.
This road will run from Bo to Bandajuma in the south of the country, linking Sierra Leone to Liberia on its southern flank.
The OPEC Fund for International Development, the African Development Bank and the government of Sierra Leone are jointly funding this project whose implementation will take 24 months.
The Chinese firm, China Hen International Company (CHICO) was contracted to construct the road, which officials say will ease difficulties farmers and businesspeople along the area face in transporting their products.
Engineer Maimuna Kumba Jalloh, director general of SLRA, said this is the “last missing link” of the Trans-Africa Highway involving 10 highways under construction on the continent with the aim of linking the countries in the region.
She said this Bo-Bandajuma highway has a rehabilitation component and reconstruction component. Some 44km will be rehabilitated and 2km to be constructed.