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.
The section of the road up to Sami Bridge was reconstructed in1994asagravelroadwitha 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 6.4metres. From Sami Bridge the road continues southeast towards Diabugu after which it climbs north‐east up to Yorobawol at km70.2. 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 Government Offices and major referral hospital a relocated.
From Yorobawol,the road passes through Sutukoba and Brifu before turning southeast towards Passimus. After Passimus, the road passes through a rolling terrain all the way to the Ferry crossing at km122.The town of Fatoto is located across the river at this point where the road project terminates.
In general, the section between Sami Bridge and Passimus is more deteriorated than the previous section. Lack of culverts, inadequacy of the existing culverts and lack of longitudinal drainage have caused the road to be washed away at certain sections.