Citizens demand flyovers across Greater Banjul Area

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Residents in Gambia’s Greater Banjul Area are asking the government to bring back flyovers on the roads to help in minimising traffic congestions and accidents especially during rush hours.

Flyovers have become a vital part of big and small cities around the world to ease congestion on the roads and peoples’ movement within their elbowroom in which cities are slowly waking up to the reality with the rapid expansion of urban spaces.

There were two flyovers along the Brikama-Banjul highway but they subsequently disappeared following several demands by long vehicle owners who complain about the difficulty to pass under them.

Speaking the Point’s Pa Modou Cham, some travelers and drivers along to Brikama-Banjul highway said the country’s existing road network is insufficient to accommodate the vehicle boom.

Bakary Beyai said the construction of flyovers would bring significant changes to the transportation network, suggesting that at least ten flyovers will be needed in the Greater Banjul Area to deal with traffic movement and accidents.

Mr. Beyai explained that West Field junction is a major motorway in the Kanifing Municipality, connecting different towns but the city currently has no single flyover. “The government should help to bring back flyovers so that road crossing will be easy for students and other travelers.”

Abdou Mbaye, a driver said flyovers should be provided at places like West Field, Tallinding, Latrikunda, Tobokoto market and other markets so that children and women can have easy access to cross the road without any obstacle or distraction.

He said the government demanded for the citizens to vote them into office during elections and they did and now is their turn to demand from the government to provide them with what they need to develop the country. “Senegal and other African countries have flyovers for safety and easy access in road crossing and I believe that our government will do it for the interest of the citizens,” Mbaye said. 

Author: Pa Modou Cham