Yagoua in Cameroon and Bongor in Chad will be connected by a bridge that governments of both countries will construct to the tune of 73 billion CFAF.
Construction works on the 620 meters are estimated at 60% execution as of September 19, 2023.
Construction works are also ongoing on the bridges over Logone River, on the Mayo Bonéyé and on all the culverts. Progress rate has been estimated at 85% while access road works to Yagoua town are at 59%.
The load test on the structure is scheduled for December 2023 to check the solidity of the structure and ensure that it is ready to accommodate traffic.
Authorities from both countries have been meeting for a three day session in Cameroon to evaluate grounds covered and the way forward.
The Chadian delegation led by the Minister of Infrastructure and Disenclavement, Dr Idriss Saleh Bâcher used the occasion to congratulate the government of Cameroon for the completion of the first phase of the Yaounde – Douala motor way. Cameroon’s Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Ngannou Djoumessi highlighted perspectives for the amelioration of transit through the Douala – N’djamena corridor.
The officials indicated that the project was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and works are expected to be completed in July 2024.
The Linking Bridge
The project is jointly financed by the governments of Cameroon, Chad, the African Development Bank and the European Union, to the tune of 73.99 billion FCFA.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) provides 26 billion FCFA and the European Union (EU), 11 billion FCFA making a total of 37 billion FCFA.
In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project also includes the construction of access roads, a border crossing and ancillary buildings.
The project also includes socio-economic developments in the two countries, a trade and transit facilitation component, a studies and project management component.