Lamin Jobe, minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure has told deputies
at the National Assembly that part of the 50 kilometres of urban roads is
earmarked for construction under the OIC portfolio. He added that the expansion
of the Bertil Harding Highway between Sting Corner and the Brikama Highway is
also part of the plan.
“Also feasibility studies and advanced negotiations are on-going to build a four-lane bypass road from Sting Corner to Abuko, along the swamps at the back of Jeshwang.
Bai Lamin Jobe was responding to a question by Hon. Halifa Sallah, the lawmaker for Serrekunda, who wanted to know when the road rehabilitation would take place in KMC including the Serrekunda-Bundung road.
Minister Jobe further informed deputies that, that planned artery, together with the upgrading of the Bertil Harding Highway would significantly decongest the Banjul-Brikama highway. He said the ministry has plans and is actively engaged in sourcing for funds to generally upgrade the urban roads network, covering KMC and Western Region – the two regions that have witnessed rapid population growth in recent times, with over 5000 inhabitants per square kilometer, as opposed to the regional density of 100 persons per square kilometer.
“It is our intention to create alternative routes for the current main roads within the various urban communities,” he declared, adding that the initiative would include specific parking areas to bring clarity on this issue of fares charged between original and destination of travel routes.
Hon. Foday N.M. Drammeh, Tumana Constituency legislator also asked the Transport minister the plans his ministry had in place for the construction of roads within the Tumana constituency.
In his response, Minister Jobe said the Ministry of Transport has plans to generally upgrade the road network in the regions.