Laminkoto Passimus

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LaminKoto Passimus Road Project

INTRODUCTION

The Government of the Gambia has secured financing from Saudi Fund For Development (SFD);

Arab Fund for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA); Kuwait Fund For Arab Economic and Social Development (KFAESD); OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD)  to a tune of USD 86.6 million for the construction of the Laminkoto- Passimus Road. This is the missing link on the primary roads network on the south bank of the Gambia.

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The section of the road up to Sami Bridge was reconstructed in 1994 as a gravel road with a width   of   10m.   Over   the   years,   the   road   has   significantly   deteriorated   due   to   lack   of maintenance.  There are long sections where the gravel base has been washed away exposing the sub‐grade. Other sections show longitudinal rutting, corrugations and large depressions. Consequently, riding quality is very poor.

At Sami Wharf Town (km39), the road crosses a tributary of the River Gambia where a bridge has been constructed.  The bridge has a total length of 55.1m and consists of three spans. The width of the bridge is 6.4 metres.   From Sami Bridge the road continues south east towards Diabugu after which it climbs north‐east up to Yorobawol at km 70.2. A gravel road extends south towards Basse ferry crossing which again connects the north and south bank roads. It is noted that Basse is the major provincial town of the Central River Region where the regional administration, all Govrnment Offices and major referral hospital are located.

From Yorobawol, the road passes through Sutukoba and Brifu before turning south east towards Passimus.  After  Passimus,  the  road  passes  through  a rolling  terrain  all the  way  to the  Ferry crossing at km 122. The town of Fatoto is located across the river at this point where the road project terminates.

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