Transport Ministry to construct 400km of rural roads

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bai Lamin Jobe, minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, has told deputies that it is within the plans of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure to construct 400km or more of rural roads across all regions of The Gambia, using appropriate pavement technology as opposed to the conventional unpaved roads which has always been the case.

Minister Jobe was responding to a question by Hon. Fakebba N.L. Colley member for Kiang West on Monday who asked whether funds were available for his ministry to embark on such initiatives.

However, engagement with PROBASE continues in the interest of value-for-money and we anticipate the pledge funds in the NDP will be utilized. The process is on-going to access such funds, the minister said.

Hon. Mahtarr Jeng, the member for Lower Niumi also urged the minister to explain whether his ministry has any plan (s) to build speed humps on the roads between Barra and Amdalai as well as Essau and Darsilami in order to avert a deadly speed by motorists.

In his respond, The Transport minister said the National Road Authority has already built 2 speed humps within the accident prone areas in Barra/ Essau vicinity. “As part of road safety initiatives, NRA will conduct a thorough assessment along the road network of The Gambia in order to identify strategic locations to build speed humps. This will help establish the impact of these structures with regard to the flow of traffic on the trunk roads.”

Author: Njie Baldeh